Sean Penn is in negotiations to produce a biopic on surfing icon Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz and his family, reports Variety. Penn may star in the film as well. Alan and Gabe Polsky are also on board to produce.
The trade says that for the past two decades, producers have tried unsuccessfully to secure the life rights to the now 89-year-old Paskowitz, who was the subject of Doug Pray’s documentary Surfwise. The patriarch finally gave his blessing to the Polskys once they were able to attach Penn to the project.
Penn’s close friend Paul Feldsher will write the screenplay.