Known more as a director for comedic flicks, American filmmaker Tom Shadyac now is steering into a new direction. The man is reported by Variety to have reached a deal to helm as well as to produce a biographical feature titled "Planetwalker" for Universal.
Based on John Francis' memoir of the same name, the picture centers on the true story of Francis who took a vow of silence for nearly two decades and commenced a cross-country pilgrimage by foot to raise environmental awareness after witnessing a collision of two oil tankers that wiped out the ecosystem in San Francisco Bay in 1971.
No words yet on cast lineup, but it is confirmed that "The Bucket List" writer Justin Zackham has been hired to pen the screenplay. Meanwhile, Universal-based Shady Acres will shepherd the project with Michael Bostick producing and Amanda Morgan Palmer serving as associate producer.