Chasing Mavericks is a biopic of surfer Jay Moriarty, following his teenage years when he went from keen amateur so surfing some of the biggest waves in the world. Jay (Jonny Weston) is a little bit of a misfits and often pushed around by the other kids. However he loves to surf and discovers that just up the coast from his Californian home are some truly monster waves. [Read more…]
We haven’t had a movie from LA Confidential helmer Curtis Hanson since Lucky You in 2007, but now he’s coming back with the surfing drama Chasing Mavericks. Based on a true story, the film is about Jay Moriarty, who sets out to ride the legendary Northern California break known as Mavericks, with the help of Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler). While Mavericks is now a well known surfing spot, at the time it was a secret. A UK release is set for November 2nd.
Normally when a director gets replaced on a project it’s because the studio doesn’t like the direction a film is going or because there have been major disagreements going on. It’s always far more unfortunate when it has to happen due to illness.
Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential) has been shooting Of Men and Mavericks in Northern California, and while it’s scheduled to wrap production early next month, a new director will be at the helm. Michael Apted is filling in for director Curtis Hanson for the last 15 days of principal photography, starting on Monday.
According to Deadline, Hanson recently experienced complications from a heart surgery, which leaves him incapable of finishing the production. It isn’t known if Michael Apted will oversee post-production as well, or when Curtis Hanson is expected to fully recover.
Of Men and Mavericks stars newcomer Jonny Weston as surfing legend Jay Moriarty, who conquered the treacherous Northern California waves known as the ‘Mavericks’. Gerard Butler is Rick ‘Frosty’ Hesson, Moriarty’s mentor, who taught him how to ride the formidable waves. The film is due out next autumn, so hopefully Hanson will recover soon and be able to have plenty of input before it gets to cinemas.
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