Of Men and Mavericks

Fox 2000 has come aboard to co-finance and distribute "Of Men and Mavericks", a Gerard Butler drama based on a chapter in the life of accomplished surfer Jay Moriarity, who died in a tragic diving accident at the age of 22. In addition, Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Spencer have signed on to co-star. Moriarity earned a reputation as a fearless big-wave surfer at the age of 16, when his wipeout at Mavericks, a surf spot in Half Moon Bay, California, made the cover of "Surfer" magazine. He drowned in June 2001, one day before his 23rd birthday, while diving off the Lohifushi Island resort in the Maldives, where he was visiting for a photo shoot with O'Neill, a prominent surfing brand. Butler is attached to star in the film as Frosty Hesson, a local surfer who mentored Moriarity (played here by relative newcomer Jonny Weston) as a teenager, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story. Shue will star as Moriarity's mother, while Spencer will play Hesson's wife. Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential") is directing from a script by Kario Salem and Brandon Hooper. The film began production on October 11th, when Gerard Butler was seen shirtless on the set of the movie in Los Angeles. On October 14th, hundreds of people lined the beach and hundreds of surfers took orders from directors at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz. The call was for extras to arrive at 6:30 a.m. By 10:30 the big scene hadn't yet been filmed, but hundreds of surfers were in the water and others lined up to get in. The scene is recreating a Paddle-out that paid tribute to the maverick surfer after his death. Gerry and his co-star Leven Rambin, 21, shot in Santa Cruz, California on October 15th. It looked like they were getting on well. He seemed to be loving the attention from locals as he enjoyed the location shoot, even taking the time to give them a cheery wave as he made his way out to the sea.


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