Universal has purchased the movie rights to Laura Hillenbrand's novel "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption". They intend indeed to bring the novel to the big screen. The book tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner who endured terrible trials as a prisoner of war during World War II. From what I heard, Francis Lawrence (who directed I Am Legend) is in talks to helm the project and Scott Cooper will be in charge of the script. There's no official release date.
"Unbroken centers on Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian whose plane crashed at sea during World War II. Zamperini and two crewmates floated adrift for 47 days and 2000 miles, he was caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a POW camp where he was specifically targeted by a sadistic overseer."
Here's a video presenting the real life Louis Zamperini:
The incredible story of Louis Zamperini
This guy had real guts to resist like he did! His story will for sure make a great movie. What actor do you think would be fit for the lead role in the movie Unbroken?