Universal is on a roll with Laura Hillenbrand. Her latest book, 'Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,' which has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 18 weeks, will be made into a Uni feature with Richard LaGravenese set to adapt and Francis Lawrence attached to direct. And everyone should be happy with this arrangement. Uni's previous adaptation of a Hillenbrand work -- 'Seabiscuit' -- was a big hit for the studio and director Gary Ross. LaGravenese has worked once before with Lawrence -- he adapted Sara Gruen's 'Water for Elephants,' which Lawrence directed for Fox 2000 and which is scheduled for an April 22 release (Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz star). 'Unbroken' is the true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track prodigy who endured unimaginable hardship as a WWII POW at the hands of Japanese prison guards. [Deadline]

James Marsden, Michael C. Hall and Oscar-winner Melissa Leo are attached to star in 'The Dead Circus,' an offbeat drama revolving around the death of singer Bobby Fuller, whose Bobby Fuller Four had a hit with 'I Fought the Law' in 1965. After the single climbed the pop charts, the 23-year-old Fuller was found dead in an automobile parked outside his Hollywood apartment, a 1/3-full gas can by his side. His death was ruled a suicide, but some pundits have a more conspiratorial take on the death; one of his bandmates thought Charles Manson had something to do with it, while others pointed to the Mafia. 'The Dead Circus,' by John Kaye, who wrote the film's script with Adam Davenport, weaves fact and fiction into a spculative thriller. Davenport will make his directing debut with the film. [Deadline]
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