Sean Penn looks like he’s ready to step back into the director’s chair. He’s currently in talks to helm Warner Brothers’ Crazy for the Storm. The film is based on the best-selling memoir by Norman Ollestad.
Will Fetters (The Lucky One, Remember Me) wrote the script, which focuses on a boy’s relationship with his father who forced him into the world of extreme surfing and competitive downhill skinning at the age of three. These skills eventually helped him survive a plane crash that left him stranded on a mountaintop at the tender age of 11.
This story seems like home to Penn, who directed the survival-y tale Into The Wild in 2007, a sort-of similar story about a young man who hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
The only problem with this project is that Penn already has plans to direct The Comedian which has Kristen Wigg and Robert De Niro as the leads.
Both projects sound intriguing. Which ever Penn chooses to direct, will be alright with us.
And just for kicks, here’s a piece from the novel Crazy for the Storm:
On February 19, 1979, I was in a plane crash with my father, his girlfriend Sandra, and the pilot of our chartered Cessna. Sandra was 30 years old. My dad was 43. I was 11. Just after sunrise, we slammed into a rugged 8,600-foot mountain engulfed in a blizzard. By the end of our nine-hour ordeal, I was the only survivor.