Movie News: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' (First Pic); Jamie Foxx, Oliver Stone Reuniting for MLK; 'Monuments Men' Trailer

Movie News: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' (First Pic); Jamie Foxx, Oliver Stone Reuniting for MLK; 'Monuments Men' Trailer

Oct 11, 2013


Unbroken: The first official image related to Angelina Jolie's upcoming adaptation of the sprawling, true-life epic Unbroken has been released, but it's not what we might have expected. Jolie, who will direct, is shown with the subject of the book, Louis Zamperini, an Olympic track star turned plane-crash survivor (spending 47 days alone in a raft at sea) turned prisoner of war during World War II. Zamperini will be played by young Jack O'Connell in the film version that is heading to theaters in December 2014. [Deadline]

Martin Luther King: Jamie Foxx and director Oliver Stone may be reuniting for a biographical portrait of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Foxx is "in talks" and Stone is "in negotiations" for the project, written by Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks), with Steven Spielberg on board as one of the producers. The King family is "expected to support" the film. Foxx and Stone previously teamed on 1999's football epic Any Given Sunday. [The Wrap]

Maleficent: While Angelina Jolie prepares to shoot Unbroken, the movie in which she stars as the evil titular character is preparing to reshoot its opening. John Lee Hancock, who is both a writer and director, has written several new scenes for Maleficent, a big-budget retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and has been asked by the producers to be on set while first-timer Robert Stromberg directs the reshoots. Jolie's character is not involved in those scenes; recently, the movie's release date was moved up to May 30, 2014. [Heat Vision]

The Monuments Men Trailer: How do you sell a historical picture set during World War II? (See Unbroken, above.) The new trailer for George Clooney's The Monuments Men provides a case study in how to do it well, showcasing the all-star cast (including Matt Damon and Bill Murray) and an epic, yet intimate tone that promises to treat an important subject -- the recovery of artifacts stolen by the Nazis -- with respect. The movie opens on December 18. [MovieWeb]



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