Penn To Direct De Niro

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October 27, 2011 | 9:30pm EST

Sean Penn is to step back behind the camera to direct Robert De Niro in The Comedian.
The Oscar winner, who last directed a film in 2007 when he took charge of Into The Wild, will adapt Art Linson and Jeffrey Ross’ screenplay about a comic sentenced to community service for lashing out at a heckler.

Shooting is scheduled to begin next spring.