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Sean Penn’s next stop: A mystery in Alaska

EXCLUSIVE: FishbowlLA has learned that Sean Penn will direct again after a five year hiatus. The actor is panning on getting behind the camera again to direct a feature film adaptation of Jon Krakauer‘s 1997 best-selling non-fiction epic “Into the Wild.” 001291.jpgALA52.jpg

We also hear that Emile Hirsch, the young actor who recently starred in “Lord of Dogtown” would play the part of Christopher McCandless — the fiercely independent Emory grad who chucked his comfortable middle class life to try to survive alone in the wild near Denali National Park. Instead of bucolic bliss, however, McCandless met a premature death by starvation in an abandoned bus in the back woods of the Yukon.

Paramount Classics‘ recently installed president John Lesher is overseeing the project, the start date of which is unclear.

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