Simon Baker and Mark Johnson Take Breath


Simon Baker (“The Mentalist”) and producer Mark Johnson have acquired the film rights to the Tim Winton novel “Breath,” reports Variety.

Published in 2008, the novel is set in a small town in Western Australia where two 16-year-old boys take up surfing under the tutelage of an enigmatic surfer named Sando (Baker) and his mysterious wife. Spurred on by their mentor, the boys test the limits of courage and recklessness as they try to escape their mundane lives.

Baker and Johnson will produce together, and Baker plans to play one of the lead roles.