The Coen Brothers Do Angelina Jolie's Bidding for 'Unbroken'

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What Angelina Jolie wants, Angelina Jolie gets.

Purportedly the star-turned-director had her pick of the litter when it came to finding screenwriters for her latest directorial outing "Unbroken," and according to The Hollywood Reporter the former "Tomb Raider" has dug herself up a pair of aces: The Coen Brothers.

This is remarkable for a number of reasons, not least of which is they're both multiple Academy Award-winners for screenplay ("Fargo," "No Country For Old Men"), but also because they tend to take care of their own, i.e. directing the stuff they scribble.

That's not to say Joel and Ethan haven't lent a hand before. Ever heard the phrase "Minnesota nice?" The two did an uncredited rewrite on the Jim Carrey vehicle "Fun With Dick and Jane" back when their pal Barry Sonnenfeld was still attached to direct, and recently wrote Michael Hoffman's remake of "Gambit" starring Colin Firth.

So why on God's green earth are these firmly established auteurs getting in the Angelina Jolie business? Perhaps its their ties with her hubby Brad Pitt, who starred in their 2008 satire "Burn After Reading?" Or maybe the story of "Unbroken" appealed to them, as it concerns Louis Zamperini, an Olympic champ-turned-Air Force officer in World War II who survived 47 days stranded at sea only to be captured and tortured by the Japanese.

Incidentally, this story shares some intense similarities to their abandoned adaptation of James Dickey's "To the White Sea," which chronicled an American pilot stranded behind enemy lines in Tokyo during WWII. That movie's planned star? Brad Pitt.