'Unbroken: Path to Redemption' Gets Fall Release Date
Will Graham will play his own grandfather, evangelist Billy Graham, in the follow-up of sorts to 2014's 'Unbroken.'
Unbroken: Path to Redemption, a sequel of sorts to Angelina Jolie's 2014 Unbroken, about the life of Louis Zamperini, will be released Oct. 5 by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the WTA Group and Pure Flix, the faith-based outlet best known for the God's Not Dead film franchise.
Matt Baer, who produced Unbroken four years ago, is producing Path to Redemption, though Jolie is not involved in the project.
Pure Flix also released a new trailer for Path to Redemption, and it looks to repeat some of the ground explored in the first film, though its focus will be on Zamperini's redemption through God after returning home from World War II after being tortured in a Japanese prison camp.
Zamperini, who died at age 97 four years ago, was also a runner in the 1936 Olympics and he spent nearly 50 days adrift at sea before he was captured by the Japanese in 1943, all of which is chronicled in Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The best-selling book served as source material for the Jolie-directed film, and for Path to Redemption.
The new movie stars Samuel Hunt as Zamperini and Merritt Patterson as his wife, while Will Graham plays his own grandfather, evangelist Billy Graham, who preached to Zamperini decades ago and died last month.
"It's an honor to portray my grandfather in a moment that changed Louie and began a friendship into old age," Graham said.
"Seldom does a single life take two films to tell, but that is Louie Zamperini's remarkable true story," said Baer.
In Path to Redemption, a vengeful Zamperini is shown descending deeper and deeper into despair and on the brink of divorce before his wife, Cynthia, turns to God and prays for her husband's salvation. The trailer is above.
Jolie's Unbroken, released by Universal, earned $163.4 million worldwide on a production budget of $65 million.