Richard LaGravenese, writer of the upcoming “Water for Elephants,” has been hired to adapt Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” for Universal. The novel tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian, and his two crewmates when their plane crashes at sea during World War II and floats adrift for 47 days until capture and sent to a POW camp by the Japanese Navy. Francis Lawrence is in talks to direct.
Matthew Baer will produce via his eponymous shingle with Mick Garris and Erwin Stoff.
LaGravenese is repped by CAA.