Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of 'World War Z' in England.

First it was Brad Pitt, now it's Angelina Jolie who is rumoured to be bringing a film to Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Is Angelina Jolie heading to Sydney to direct a new movie?

Film agency executives are negotiating to land the World War II drama Unbroken, which the A-list star is directing for Hollywood studio Universal Pictures.

Given the still-high value of the Australian dollar, it is believed extra federal and state government support will be needed to compete against other locations being considered for filming.

While reports that Brad Pitt will film the Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea in Sydney have proven premature, Jolie's second movie as director is considered a strong chance to film in Australia after the collapse of filming plans in Hawaii.

But the attraction of a studio water tank and jungle locations on the Gold Coast had one prominent producer saying Queensland is favourite to land the movie.

But Screen NSW executives are believed to be discussing extra financial incentives with the studio. Previous deals attracted The Great Gatsby and The Wolverine to Sydney.

A spokeswoman for Universal said the film-making team were currently scouting places to shoot scenes "but no decisions have been made and locations have not yet been confirmed".

Jolie made a whirlwind visit to inspect possible locations in Sydney and the Gold Coast last week.

Her second movie as director, after In The Land Of Blood And Honey, is based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.

It centres on the true story of Olympic track star and war hero Louie Zamperini, who survived for 47 days without food or water when his airforce plane crashed in the Pacific in 1943. He endured shark attacks, aerial attacks and hunger before being captured by the Japanese and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Oscar-winning film-makers Joel and Ethan Coen have rewritten the screenplay after earlier drafts by William Nicholson (Les Miserables) and Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra).

Universal has scheduled the movie for American release on Christmas Day next year, with production scheduled to start late next month.

“I've had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louie Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now — I proud to say — a dear friend,” Jolie said in a statement last month. “I am deeply honoured to be telling his extraordinary story, and I will do my absolute best to give him the film he deserves.”