The memoir, a must-read, follows the true story of an 11-year-old boy who has to descend the San Gabriel Mountains alone after a plane crash that also involved his father (Brolin), his father’s girlfriend, and the pilot. Based purely on the superficial similarities between this story and Penn’s last directorial outing, it seems like the two films share similar themes of nascent independence and finding oneself in the dangerous wilderness. For Brolin and Penn, the film will mark their third collaboration. They both appeared in Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and they face off in Ruben Fleischer's upcoming and currently reshooting "Gangster Squad."
“The Lucky Ones” and “Remember Me” screenwriter Will Fetters wrote the adaptation, but we’re hoping that Penn exerts more of an influence on the finished product. Brolin and Penn still haven’t finalized their deals but the plan is to start shooting in early 2013. [Variety]