Unbroken has passed through many hands since the spark of turning it into a movie first lit up. The film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's nonfiction book — previously operating under the direction of Catching Fire's Francis Lawrence, with script drafts by William Nicholson (Les Miserables) and Richard LaGravenese (Beautiful Creatures) — now rests with helmer Angelina Jolie, making this her second directorial feature, after 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey. Still yet to prove herself as a filmmaker of unquestionable merit (Blood and Honey had some interesting things to say, but faltered a good deal in the delivery), Jolie will benefit from a time-tested writing team to make Unbroken a successful venture... and she hit the motherload: the Coen Brothers are taking charge on the script for the World War II picture.
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The story revolves around Lou Zamperini, a solider in the American Air Force whose plane crashed into the Pacific in 1943, where he survived on his own for 47 days before being captured and held prisoner by the Japanese military. Prior to joining the Air Force, Zamperini was an Olympic runner who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Joel and Ethan Coen have a penchant for the quirky and the stylistic — a different ambiance, perhaps, than that which Universal might have had for the movie in the first place, but it's not as though they can't handle gravity. The brothers' flare for the cinematic teamed with the earnest passion exhibited in Jolie's Blood and Honey could meld well, resulting in a tasteful and artistic retelling of this intriguing story.
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But while Zamperini's account might warrant a stern and stoic voice, we can imagine a few other Coen/Jolie projects that would turn out a bit more fun. How about the writing pair's take on Jolie's Lara Croft franchse: Burn After Raiding? Maybe the two should tackle a remake of the actress' drama Changeling, this time from the son's perspective: O Mother, Where Art Thou? Or maybe — just maybe — a movie about a rogue CIA agent who's just trying to make it big as a Hollywood writer: Salton Fink!
Hey, all these have got to be better than The Tourist.
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As if we needed any more proof that America was mad for the CIA in 2012, Saturday night's Producers Guid Awards gave further credibility to the mania by handing out some of its highest honors to Ben Affleck's fake-CIA-movie film, Argo and Showtime's jazzy runaway hit, Homeland.
The guild's 24th annual awards for excellence in film, television, and digital media were announced during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Argo's snapping up of top film honors (the Darryl F. Zanuck Award) puts it at the forefront of the Oscar race for Best Picture. The PGAs have a fairly decent track record when it comes to selecting the film that takes home Academy Award gold — 73% accuracy, to be exact, which includes the 5-year streak the Guild has been on since 2008.
Homeland secured itself yet another gold for Best Drama Series during the night as well, reminding us all (yet again) that we love a jazzy biopolar super-CIA-genius more than anything else. (Especially if it involves Mandy Patinkin!) For an agency so shrouded in secrecy and mystery, it sure is popping up in our entertainment a heck of a lot.
But there was more than just covert operations and genius secret agents winning awards: both Brothers Weinstein (Bob and Harvey) accepted the Milestone Award in a teary-eyed speech from presenters Quentin Tarantino, Robert De Niro, and Robert Rodriguez. Future Star Wars helmer J.J. Abrams also accepted an award of his own: the Norman Lear Achievement Award. Not too shabby for a man with undoubtedly much of his already-impressive career still ahead of him
Check out the full list of winners, below!
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Argo (Warner Bros.)
Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producer: Clark Spencer
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm
David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television
Game Change (HBO)
Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Jay Roach, Amy Sayres, Steven Shareshian, Danny Strong
Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy
Modern Family (ABC)
Producers: Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
American Masters (PBS)
Producers: Prudence Glass, Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart
Outstanding Sports Program
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
Outstanding Children’s Program
Sesame Street (PBS)
Outstanding Digital Series
30 Rock: The Webisodes
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