EXCLUSIVE: Joe Penna has been set to direct Paramount’s World War II action pic Blessed Event. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Issac Klausner and John Fischer will produce the project with Adam Goldworm serving as executive producer. The film is based on a screenplay by Jeremy Lott.
Set in the South Pacific during WWII, the film is about the American crew of a B-24 Liberator Bomber who pilots their wounded plane through a gauntlet of enemy fighters and anti-aircraft guns to complete an improbable but critical mission behind enemy lines. Sources say the studio sees this in the vein of the classic war pic Memphis Belle, starring Matthew Modine.
Penna’s longtime partner Ryan Morrison will also exec produce. Morrison co-wrote Arctic and Penna’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Stowaway.
Insiders say the film is still in early development, so when casting will get underway is still unknown.
Penna broke on to the scene with the acclaimed survival pic Arctic starring Mads Mikkelsen. He followed that up with Stowaway, which stars Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette.
He is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hansen, Jacobson.
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