Up until he blew me away with ‘Into the Wild’ in 2007, I’d always been hit and miss with the directorial outings of Sean Penn. I appreciated him adapting a Bruce Springsteen song for ‘The Indian Runner’ (he based it on the song Highway Patrolman) more than I actually enjoyed the film, and I was lukewarm on ‘The Crossing Guard’. That being said, I do like ‘The Pledge’ quite a bit, so he’s hardly a one hit wonder in my book and I definitely can’t wait to see him tackle another project. Variety is reporting here that he’s found a new one, and it’s another film set in the harsh outdoors. After the jump you can see some details about the flick, but it sounds like a winner to me. You can find more below…
Here’s the meat of the Variety piece:
It’s been about five years since he last directed a film, but Sean Penn looks ready to step back into the director’s chair. Penn is in talks to helm Warner Bros.’ “Crazy for the Storm,” based on the memoir by Norman Ollestad.
Will Fetters adapted the story, which revolves around Ollestad’s relationship with his father and how the skills his father instilled in him helped him survive after a plane crash stranded him on a mountaintop.
Penn is planning just to direct, not star.
Bill Gerber will produce through his Gerber Pictures banner along with Fonda Snyder and Rob Weisbach.
The studio has been trying for some time to bring Penn aboard the project. Warners looked at other directors, including “Gravity” helmer Alfonso Cuaron, but always had its eye on Penn for the job.
Pic will be the first Penn has directed since he wrote and helmed 2007′s “Into the Wild,” also a memoir about a man’s will to survive.
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