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Richard LaGravenese to pen UNBROKEN for Francis Lawrence

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 29th, 2011

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS has apparently sparked quite a friendship.

Deadline is reporting that writer Richard LaGravenese will be adapting the Laura Hillenbrand-penned bestselling novel, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, for his WATER FOR ELEPHANTS director Francis Lawrence and Fox 2000.

The book tells the story of Louis Zamprini, a former Olympic runner who was ultimately captured and held in a Japanese POW camp during WWII.

While the quality of ELEPHANTS remains to be seen, this project does sound quite interesting. The premise itself has a massive amount of weight behind it, and for a director, Lawrence is quite a compelling choice. He’s a talented visual filmmaker, and looks to have crafted his best film yet, in ELEPHANTS.

LaGravenese is an interesting writer, and should be able to do something worthwhile with a really great storyline like this. Overall, it sounds like UNBROKEN is going to be quite the project. Expect a lot more on this relatively soon.


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