Thesp circling Warner Bros. drama which Penn will direct
Will Fetters did the script adaptation from Norman Ollestad’s memoir, which centers on how the skills Ollestad’s father instilled in him as a boy helped him survive after a plane crash stranded him alone on a mountaintop when he was 11. Brolin would play Ollestad’s dad. Bill Gerber will produce through his Gerber Pictures banner along with Fonda Snyder and Rob Weisbach. There was talk early on of Penn also starring but sources say that Penn is opting to focus on helming, as he did with “Into the Wild.” The CAA-repped Brolin just finished production on Paramount’s “Labor Day” and WB’s “Gangster Squad” and is set to star in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” later this fall.