Curtis Hanson (“Wonder Boys,” “L.A. Confidential”) is set to direct “Jay Moriarity”, a biopic about the surfing wunderkid reports Production Weekly.
The teenage Moriarity surfed the waves of Santa Cruz and developed skills in surfing all kinds of craft, especially the old-fashioned longboards, and became one of the best big wave surfers in the world.
Sean Penn in talks to play his mentor Rick “Frosty” Hesson, a former lifeguard and collegiate swimmer who helped Moriarity in a program of intense mental and physical training to prepare to surf Mavericks, a spot on the California coast where waves five stories tall would come in during the winter swells.
The day before his 23rd birthday, Jay drowned while free-diving alone off the Lohifushi Island resort in the Maldives.