Writer Will Fetters caught in 'Storm'

Warner Bros.' 'It' scribe set to adapt adventure tale

Warner Bros.' 'It' scribe, Will Fetters, has booked a new gig with the studio, coming on board to pen the adventure tale "Crazy for the Storm."

"Storm" is based on Norman Ollestad's memoir, published in June by Ecco Press, which has spent more than a month on the Los Angeles Times' best-seller list. Warners acquired rights to the book in the spring.

The project centers on Ollestad's coming of age in Southern California with a father who pushed him to embrace such extreme sports as skiing and surfing, as well as their complicated relationship. When Ollestad was 11, a plane carrying the two crashed in the San Gabriel Mountains, killing his father and stranding Ollestad on an icy peak, where he was forced to use skills his father taught him.

With its story of a quixotic father preoccupied with adventure and a young boy imperiled by an aviation crash, "Storm" has eerie parallels to the Balloon Boy saga that unfolded Thursday.

Fonda Snyder, Rob Weisbach and Bill Gerber are producing the film.

Fetters, repped by WME and Underground Management, has become a go-to scribe for Warners. He is working on two other projects for the studio: a rewrite of its "A Star Is Born" reboot and an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' romance film "The Lucky One."

Fetters also penned the Robert Pattinson-toplined relationship drama "Remember Me," which Summit recently wrapped.

"Storm" adds to a subgenre of male-themed adventure tales this decade that includes "Into the Wild" and "The Perfect Storm."
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