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Penn prepares

hollywood Updated: Jun 17, 2011 01:56 IST

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Actor-filmmaker Sean Penn will reportedly direct Robert De Niro in The Comedian. According to sources, the film, written by Art Linson and Jeffrey Ross, follows De Niro as an aging, bitterly funny stand-up comic, and the movie revolves around his life, reports the New York Post. It will go into production in New York City next year. Penn’s last directorial effort was the crtically acclaimed 2007 Jon Krakauer adaptation, Into the Wild, starring Emile Hirsch.