Movie News: Sean Penn May Helm 'Child in the Wild' Flick; Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde in 'Deadfall' Trailer

Movie News: Sean Penn May Helm 'Child in the Wild' Flick; Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde in 'Deadfall' Trailer

Aug 10, 2012

Into the Wild

Sean Penn: We just reported that Tim Robbins would be resuming his work as a feature director, and now comes word that fellow actor Sean Penn is likewise desirous of helming a new project. Like Into the Wild, his last effort (that's Penn above, with the camera), Crazy For the Storm is based on real life, a memoir by Norman Ollestad in which the author recounts how his father pushed him into extreme competitive sports as a child, skills that enabled him to survive a plane crash on an icy mountain at age 11. If the talks are successful, Penn would direct but not act in the movie. [Showblitz]

Beetlejuice/It: Seth Grahame-Smith admits his disappointment with recent box-office failures Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both based on his writing: “On one hand I got to make two movies with some extraordinary visionary filmmakers. On the other, the movies didn’t work.” Still, he hopes to get a sequel to Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and a two-part film adaptation of Stephen King’s It out of development hell and into production soon. [Los Angeles Times]

Swear to God: Speaking of actors turned directors, Justin Theroux, who most recently appeared in Wanderlust, has landed a sweet deal to direct Will Ferrell and Steve Carell in Swear to God. Theroux, who wrote Tropic Thunder, will also rewrite the script, which follows what happens after a self-involved man (Ferrell) claims to have seen God. The comedy is tentatively scheduled to start production next July. [Deadline]

Deadfall Trailer: After a heist gone wrong, a brother and sister go on the run in the exciting, snowy new trailer for Deadfall. Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde star, with Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek in support. [Hulu, via Collider and Latino Review.]

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