Sean Penn signs on to direct Alaska adventure flick
Oscar-winning US actor Sean Penn has reportedly signed on to direct an action adventure movie based on Jon Krakauer's best-selling Alaska-set novel "Into the Wild."
Penn, 45, will steer the Paramount Classics film that will star 20-year-old American actor Emile Hirsch, who had a role in last year's acclaimed drama "The Lords of Dogtown," Daily Variety said.
The movie will be based on Penn's own adaptation of Krakauer's book.
Hirsch will play a college graduate who abandons his possessions and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness and return to nature. He however dies four months later in an abandoned bus at a remote campsite.
Penn, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for Clint Eastwood's 2003 film "Mystic River", has already directed three films: "The Pledge" (2001), "The Crossing Guard" (1995) and "The Indian Runner" (1991).