Lawrence In Talks For Zamperini Biopic

Francis Lawrence is in talks to direct the long-gestating biopic of Louis Zamperini for Universal Pictures says Deadline.

Based on “Seabiscuit” author Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption”, Scott Cooper is tipped to be writing a new adaptation for the studio while Matthew Baer and Erwin Stoff will produce.

An Olympic athlete in 1936, Zamperini joined the Air Force in World War II as a bombardier, but his plane crashed and he spent 47 days lost at sea before the Japanese Navy rescued him and placed him in a POW camp where he was tortured.

Universal has been trying to adapt the story for decades, Tony Curtis was once in contention to star, while Brad Pitt and Nicolas Cage have previously tried to produce.