Walden Media has picked up a untitled treatment by Jim Meenaghan and Brandon Hooper for a feature that is set against the backdrop of Maverick’s, home to one of the largest and most dangerous surf breaks on the planet.
Daniel Barnz and Ned Zeman have been hired to write the screenplay for the film, which will be produced by Meenaghan and Hooper, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The story is based on the true adventures of surfing wonderboy Jay Moriarity, who while still a teenager took on the waves at Northern California surfing jewel Maverick’s, where the winter swells pull in waves five stories tall. He had prodded wise surfing elder Rick “Frosty” Hesson to prepare him, and after finally relenting, the local legend put Moriarity through a program of intense physical training.
Moriarity died a day before his 23rd birthday in a free-diving accident.