It’s been less than a week since Louis Zamperini passed away at the age of 97. A film named Unbroken, which is based on his life as both an Olympian runner and a World War II prisoner of war, will hit the theaters in December, just in time for awards season.
The film is the third directorial outing for Angelina Jolie. Jolie’s name is being mentioned in Oscar circles as a candidate for Best Director for the film.
Zamperini’s life took him from a depression era child to the Berlin games in 1936 where his final closing time earned him a face to face with Adolph Hitler who wanted to meet the speedy American. Zamperini finished 8th in the 5,000 meter but it was his closing finish that impressed.
Zamperini would leave sports and enlist in the U.S. military and head to the Pacific. Zamperini was on a search and rescue operation looking for survivors of a plane crash when his own plane crashed. He and two other crew members survived the crash and were adrift in the ocean for 47 days before reaching land and being captured by the Japanes Navy. One of the survivors died on day 33 at sea.
Zamperini spent almost three years in captivity before being released at the end of the war in 1945. The film is based on the biography, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.