Sean Penn Is CRAZY FOR THE STORM!
Say what you will about Sean Penn's politics - and I'm sure you will - but Penn is a pretty damn good director. INTO THE WILD remains a remarkable film, and I think THE INDIAN RUNNER is a fantastic directorial debut that anyone would be glad to have in their roster. And although Penn was originally set to make THE COMEDIAN, with Robert DeNiro and Kristen Wiig, his next project, it seems that movie has been put on hold for now.
Instead, according to Variety, Penn will make CRAZY FOR THE STORM, a survival movie along the lines of INTO THE WILD, and based on true events. 11-year-old Norman Ollestead (who wrote the book on which the film is based) is flying with his father and his father's girlfriend when the plane slams into the San Gabriel Mountains. Norman's father is killed, and Norman Jr. must use the knowledge he gained from his many adventures with his father to make it off the mountain and back home, alone in a blizzard. The story sounds amazing, and I think I'll have to track down the book myself and check it out. This will be Penn's first directed film since INTO THE WILD, and the book will be adapted by Will Fetters.
No word on casting yet, and I'd imagine it will be difficult to find the actor to play young Norman. But I'm glad to see Penn behind the camera once again, and this sounds like a terrific movie for him.
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Aug. 10, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST
What is the plot on that one? Sounds intriguing
Aug. 10, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST
by Kurt Root
Aug. 10, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST
Or CGI the kid.
Aug. 10, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST
by ajit maholtra
Aug. 10, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST
by dead youngling
Aug. 10, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST
and I loved The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard and The Pledge as well. This was a really good book and Sean Penn is a great choice to adapt it. I'd like to see him move into more directing when he is like 60 or something because he is a fantastic director.
Aug. 10, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST
About casting, Ollstead was one of the best young skiiers in the world (they crashed on the way to a competition)...
And was relentlessly pushed by his father. His ordeal down the side of the mountain was one of the more fraut survival stories I've ever read (reminded me a lot of "Touching the Void") but it doesn't merely call for a great young actor. Ollstead grew up during the early years of Venice Beach's surfing and skateing culture so a certain physicality is required. But what is so exciteing with the combination of Sean Penn and this material is how Ollstead's singular relationship with his father informs not only his ragged determination to not die while atop that mountain but also how he learns to survive the challanges of life. His suppression of grief in the years following his miraculous survival (and it truly was that, miraculous) is the emotional center of this story of how we learn as men to balance the expectations we have of ourselves due to the influence of our fathers. And Ollstead's bold and brash unrelentingly honest recounting of his comeing of age is so raw that it rivals the breathtakeing chapters of his brush with death that are interpersed throughout (very similar to his narrative juggleing act in "Into the Wild"). The material is much more complex than you might initially think and Penn's penchant for harrowing excavations of buried emotions in the lives of his singularly obsessive protagonists is a terrific fit for this story. Quite exciteing (and Ollstead's, and that of his father, is a personality as galvanizing and devisive as Penn's himself).
Aug. 10, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST
Fear not, I'm certain the time honored tradition of nepotism will safely rescue this film. Let us not forget the once in a million success story of: Jason Schwartzman-Talia Shire's son Cody Horn-Alan Horn's daughter Lilly Collins-Phil Collins Jr. Max Minghella-Anthony Minghella Jr. Bryce Dallas Howard-Opie Jr. Jake & Maggie Gyllenhaal-Stephen Gyllanhaal Jaden Smith-Jr. Fresh Prince Connor Cruise-Tom Jr. etc. etc. etc. Cudos to you, sires of impossibility
Aug. 10, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST
everyone read that book, didn't they?
Aug. 11, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST
For treason and sedition?
Aug. 11, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST
Aug. 11, 2012, 2:02 a.m. CST
by JimmyJoe RedSky
in a debate
Aug. 11, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST
by Chris Moody
Aug. 11, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST
Aug. 11, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST
Except The Crossing Gaurd. David Morse woulda been a dead man as soon as he walked out of that prison.
Aug. 11, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST
by Jay Garrick
...After his most recent shenanigans with that hack dicatator in Venezuela I don't believe I'll be going to any more of Mr. Spicoli's films. I shouldn't be surprised by his actions though. I mean his father was brought before HUAC in the 1950s, and they say the RED apple doesn't fall far from its tree.
Aug. 11, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST
by Ian Breske
Haven't you heard, the red scare was all a myth perpetrated by the man. If you don't believe it just watch The Majestic. Or google it and I bet there are plenty of crackpot, liberal, wannabe commies that have a website to prove it was all a put on.
Aug. 11, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST
by Lourdes Galan
Aug. 11, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST
by Rev. Artemis Prime
Aug. 11, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST
someone will pose this question to me: Is Sean Penn a better actor or director? And I won't be able to answer. The Pledge and Into The Wild are two of the best movies of the last 20 years.
Aug. 11, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST
Liberal communist piece of shit.
Aug. 11, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST
"Hatchet," as much as I love it, is a fantasy compared to this material. If Ollstead had of stayed on the mountain he would have died, he had to climb down. At times he clung to the mountain face at places approaching vertical. And afterword, the emoti
Aug. 11, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST
Aug. 11, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST
The only memoir I've ever read that stood as a more naked confession of a child survivor is in James Ellroy's in "My Dark Places." Ellroy's emotional retreat into self-destruction after his mother's murder was so searing it made me mentally dizzy.
Aug. 11, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST
So... you don't like him then?
Aug. 11, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST
everytime I see him, thats the line i hear.
Aug. 12, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST
by Mike Soiseth
Love the man, greatest actor of my generation bar none. When Katrina hit, you sure didnt see any of those cowards and facists at FOX doing anything but bitch and moan. History will prove the guys like Penn were right all along and dont have a thing to apologize for. Give em Hell, Sean.
Aug. 12, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST
ubermanagain is making things up. Fox News' Shepherd Smith was on site within 8 hours, and never left. he was on site at the superdome, handing out the water and food brought for his crew. They ate NO FOOD for four days because they gave it all away. stop
Aug. 12, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST
Campaigning for a fascist "strong man" like Chavez deserves your undivided derision.
Aug. 13, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
well played, Sir, well played.
Aug. 13, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST
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