Sean Penn Goes Into the Wild
February 2, 2006
http://www.variety.com/index.asp?lay...goryID=13&cs=1Paramount's specialty division has signed Sean Penn to direct Alaska adventure Into the Wild with Emile Hirsch (The Lords of Dogtown) to star, reports Variety.
The project is based on Penn's adaptation of Jon Krakauer's bestseller. Producing are Art Linson and Bill Pohlad, an executive producer on Brokeback Mountain. Pohlad will co-finance the project.
Hirsch will portray Christopher McCandless, who graduated from college in 1992, abandoned his possessions and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness and return to nature. He died four months later in an abandoned bus at a remote campsite.
The feature directing gig is the first for Penn since 2001's The Pledge. He last appeared in The Interpreter and stars next in Sony's All The King's Men.
Hirsch will be seen next in Sony Classics' Imaginary Heroes and New Line's Alpha Dog.