Curtis Hanson to Direct Jay Moriarty

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Curtis Hanson will direct Jay Moriarity, based on the true adventures of the surfing wonderboy. Production Weekly says that Sean Penn in talks to play his mentor Rick “Frosty” Hesson.

While still a teenager, Moriarity 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 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.