Moriarty biopic coming to big screen via Curtis Hanseon of ‘8 Mile’ fame

Olly Johnson reported on the Obsessed With Film blog today that Curtis Hanson (‘L.A Confidential’, ‘8 Mile’) is set to direct a biopic based on the story of Santa Cruz surfing legend Jay Moriarty.

Moriarty died way before his time, at the age of 22, during a free-diving accident in the Maldives. According to Production Weekly, Sean Penn is supposedly in talks to play Moriarty’s mentor, Frosty. If true, it’d be the first time Penn would return to the screen as a surfer since his legendary performance as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

From Johnson’s blog:

Three years ago, Penn fulfilled a life long passion to bring the similarly tragically cut short life of Chris McCandless to the big screen for what eventually became ‘Into the Wild’, and Penn clearly has an attraction for tales of young adventurers and risk takers who live for today, and not tomorrow.

There’s no word on who Hanson is eyeing for the lead.

Considering the true back-story to the film as well as the exciting spectacle that is big wave surfing, the elements are there for a similarly visually striking that also runs with a captivating and emotional narrative.