Universal will release Angelina Jolie’s World War II adaptation ‘Unbroken’ next holiday Sean Thomas July 10, 2013 Film Universal Pictures has set a premiere date for the upcoming Angelina Jolie film ‘Unbroken’. The film will now hit theaters on December 25, 2014. The film itself is gearing up to start production, that is scheduled to begin in September. This will be Jolie’s sophomore attempt directing a film. The actor/director had amazing success with her first directed film, “In the Land of Blood of Honey” in 2011. The film itself is based on the New York Times best-selling book ” Based on The New York Times bestselling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand. Jolie will also be a producer on the film alongside Matthew Baer (“City by the Sea”) and Erwin Stoff (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”). The original book told of the story of an Olympian and war hero, named Louie Zamperini. He and his crewmen were stranded on a life raft on the open-sea for 47 days. Their plane had gone down, and although they survived the raft and the plane crash, it only led them to being caught by the Japanese Navy and ending up in a POW camp. Jolie said in a statement, “I’ve had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louie Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now — I am proud to say — dear friend.” She continued, “I am deeply honored to be telling his extraordinary story, and I will do my absolute best to give him the film he deserves. I am grateful to Universal for making this film a priority.” Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (10 time Oscar nominated we should add) will join Jolie as the director of photography, and Jon Hutman will be the production designer.