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Sean Penn hasn't directed a film since 2007's Into The Wild, but he is starting to collect projects. The Comedian, which is set to star Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig, is still in pre-production stages, and now he's in talks to direct an adaptation of Crazy for the Storm.
The survival memoir was written by Norman Ollestad and tells the story of the author's relationship with his father. From the age of three his dad was pushing him into extreme sports like surfing, and downhill skiing, and those skills helped him to survive when he was inolved in a plane crash when he was 11 years old. He was stuck in the San Gabriel mountains in the middle of a blizzard, but managed to escape with his life. The book was released in 2009 and became a best seller. Warner Bros. has been developing the project as a film since then.
According to THR, who has the news about Penn, Will Fetters wrote the screenplay. Fetters' previous credits include the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One and the Robert Pattinson drama Remember Me. He also wrote the screenplay for Clint Eastwood's upcoming remake of A Star is Born with Beyonce Knowles.
Sean Penn has been known to take his time in between directorial projects, but at this point he's overdue for his next one. As an actor he will next be seen alongside the likes of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Reuben Fleischer's Gangster Squad, which was recently pushed back to January 2013.