Surf’s up for Tom Hanks.
Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone Co. have inked “Into Thin Air” scribe Jon Krakauer to pen his first screenplay about the death of celebrity Hawaiian surfer Mark Foo and his fellow daredevil wave-riders.
Project will be set up at Universal Pictures with Hanks, Goetzman and Icon Prods.’ Bruce Davey and Steve McEveety producing. Hanks could potentially play a role in the pic, but he’s not currently attached as a thesp.
The story will be about the discovery by surfer Jeff Clark of the now-legendary big-wave haven in Northern California called Maverick’s. It will also explore the death of Foo, who was a media darling for his dangerous surfing stunts, at Maverick’s in December 1994.
Krakauer had written a magazine article on Foo and Maverick’s and was pursuing a screenplay.
“He had done an article on Maverick’s and he’s had a lot of interest in it,” Goetzman said. “He’s a great writer and he wants to do the screenplay. I’m sure it will be great.”
Krakauer enjoyed widespread acclaim for “Into Thin Air,’ which documented a climb of Mt. Everest, and has been turned into a successful large-format film by Imax. He also penned “Into the Wild.”
Marty Shapiro of Shapiro-Lichtman Inc. brokered the deal for Krakauer.
Hanks is currently shooting “The Green Mile” under Frank Darabont’s helm for Castle Rock.
Goetzman recently wrapped “Beloved” with Jonathan Demme.