Having washed ashore on the Marshall Islands, Zamperini was captured by the Japanese Navy, held as a prisoner of war, presumed and pronounced dead by the US military, and was later rescued after the war’s conclusion in ’45. If all that sounds like a movie, it’s about to be. Angelina Jolie has just signed on to direct Universal’s telling of Zamperini’s life story, Unbroken, set to be produced by long-time Stephen King collaborator Mick Garris. [Deadline]
GIANT ROBOTS! With Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming mech-vs-monster flick Pacific Rim preparing its summer debut, giant robots are making a bit of a comeback to the silver screen. So it’s no real surprise that Walking Dead, Terminator and Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd is teaming with Toei Animation and All Nippon Entertainment for a big-budget version of Gaiking. A teaser for the eventual project was developed for the 2010 Tokyo International Anime Fair long before Hurd had ever come onboard. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Staying within the realm of high science fiction, Universal has finally set a date for the re-emergence of Vin Diesel’s Riddick character: September 6, 2013. Director David Twohy’s return to the more claustrophobic style of Pitch Black – as opposed to the epic sci-fi bent of The Chronicles of Riddick – will find the character trapped on an alien planet with his only hope of escape the ship full of mercenaries who are coming in search of him…the simply-titled Riddick will also debut on IMAX in post-summer blockbuster fashion. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Lastly, Radio Silence, the four-man directing team behind arguably the best segment in the horror anthology V/H/S, has been tapped to helm a female-skewed found-footage horror movie for Fox. While the project’s story is being kept under wraps, the notion of these impressive new talents bringing a largely female cast into the found-footage game should make horror buffs happy this holiday season. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Watch the trailer for del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and then let us know if you’re as interested in giant robot movies as we are in the comments below!
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