October Films will hang 10 on the feature rights to surfing legend Jeff Hakman’s bio “Mr. Sunset.”
October will partner with Hakman and his Quicksilver surfwear company to co-finance the low-budget pic. No producer or director is attached, but Hakman and Kelly Slater, the current world surfing champion, will associate produce the pic.
The project is the second surfing pic in recent weeks to be set up at Universal, which owns October. Tom Hanks’ Playtone Prods. just hired “Into Thin Air” scribe Jon Krakauer to pen a screenplay about the death of surfer Mark Foo.
The Hakman book, written by Phil Jarratt, follows Hakman’s storied career in the surfing world, starting at age 13 when he was surfing 25-foot waves in Hawaii and including his national surfing title four years later at the Duke Kahanamoku Classic.
It also delves into a dark period for Hakman, when he nearly lost his life following his rise to fame. He later created the Quicksilver legacy and turned it into a major $500 million surfing retail company.
“Jeff Hakman’s life is a great American story,” said October partner Scott Greenstein. “While he is already legendary with the surfing community, it is a great opportunity for October to bring his story to the bigscreen for all of America to see.”