About the film: A kid who liked to getting into street fights, Zamperini joined his school track team and earned a place on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Berlin. While he didn't win any medals, his performance caught the eye of Hitler, who wanted to meet the youth.
When America joined the war, Zamperini enlisted in the Air Force, becoming a bombardier. After several missions, his plane crashed in the ocean. He and another survivor endured 47 days adrift in treacherous waters before being rescued by the Japanese Navy. Zamperini was placed in a POW camp run by a sadist whose goal was to slowly break the man.
The camp was liberated and Zamperini freed by war�s end, but then he began to suffer decades of post-traumatic stress disorder. In the end, Zamperini was able to overcome the psychological prison with the help of his wife and evangelist Billy Graham.
Jan. 4, 2011:
Project announced. Director: Francis Lawrence (in talks), Writer: Scott Cooper (in talks), Distributor: Universal Pictures