As follow-up to his last directorial effort, the biopic Into the Wild, Sean Penn is prepping to helm another drama inspired by a true story of man versus nature, though this one has a happier conclusion. Crazy for the Storm will tell the story of Norman Ollestad, who survived a plane crash that left him stranded and alone on atop 8,600-foot San Gabriel Mountains in a blizzard at the tender age of 11. In his memoir of the same name, Ollestad credits his survival of this horrific occurrence to his father, a former FBI agent who had urged his son into sports and nature, developing the very skills Ollestad needed to make it down the treacherous mountainside.

While Penn wrote Into the Wild's screenplay himself, Crazy for the Storm has been adapted by screenwriter Will Fetters, who previously translated the Nicholas Sparks romance novel The Lucky One into a PG-13 drama. While there's no word on who will play Norman Ollestad, Variety reports Penn's Milk co-star Josh Brolin is in talks to play Ollestad's father, who dies in the horrid plane crash along with two others. Undoubtedly, Brolin is a great base to build a cast on, so hopefully Warner Bros will seal the deal with No Country For Old Men star in short order.

In the meantime, audiences will be able to see Penn and Brolin share the screen again in Ruben Fleischer's upcoming crime drama Gangster Squad. Based on the real events as told by journalist Paul Lieberman's Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob and the Battle for Los Angeles, the film will focus on the LAPD's intensive efforts to squash the rise in organized crime in the 1940s and '50s that followed the arrival of East Coast gangster Mickey Cohen. Like Milk, the film will have Penn and Brolin facing off, the former as smirking Mafioso Cohen, the latter as crusading copper John O'Mara. Gangster Squad opens January 11th, 2013.

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