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Minnesota-born filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have been tapped to re-write the screenplay for Angelina Jolie's next film behind the camera, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Universal Pictures has hired the Coen brothers to take on the adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's novel "Unbroken," the true story of high school track star Lou Zamperini, who went on compete in the 1936 Olympics.

The film, however, isn't about Zamperini's endurance as a runner, but a survivor of a plane crash in 1942 while flying as an Army Air Force bombadier in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Fending off shark attacks and starvation for 47 days, Zamperini washed ashore on a Japanese island and was taken as a prisoner of war and tortured over the course of two years.

"Unbroken" will be Jolie's second feature film as director. She made her feature filmmaking debut in 2011 with "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

While known for writing, directing and producing their own films, the Coen brothers occasionally write scripts for others, including one for a remake of the upcoming crime comedy "Gambit" starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz.

The Coens have won two Oscars for their screenwriting -- "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men." The latter also earned the Minneapolis natives Oscars for directing and producing the film, which won for Best Picture in 2008.

The Coen brothers' latest film as writers and directors -- the off-beat music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- was picked for distribution last week by CBS Films.

Bring Me The News film critic Tim Lammers has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career, and locally, he reviews films on “KARE 11 News at 11” and WCCO Radio. Tim is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and annually votes on the Critics Choice Movie Awards.

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