Radar Pictures has optioned the surfer memoir “In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer’s Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road,” with Sean Penn attached to star and produce.
Stacy Peralta, who recently helmed the Penn-narrated skateboarding documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” will make his feature-directing debut with the project.
The autobiography of Allan Weisbecker, who will also write the screenplay adaptation, “Zero” is the memoir of a hardcore surfer whose best friend, “Captain Zero,” disappeared and inspired Weisbecker to sell his home and travel through the Central American underworld to find him. Book was published in March by Putnam.
The film will also be produced by Radar principal Ted Field and “Dogtown” producer Agi Orsi.
“I’ve always wanted to make a movie with (Penn), and as soon as I read ‘Captain Zero,’ I knew it was a perfect fit,” said Field.
“The book perfectly captures the surfer’s ethos,” added Radar prexy-chief operating officer Scott Kroopf.
Deal was brokered by Radar exec VP of business and legal affairs David Boyle.
Radar is in post on “They,” which will be distributed by Dimension Films, and is prepping the “Pitch Black sequel “The Chronicles of Riddick,” to star Vin Diesel.
Penn, Weisbecker and Orsi are repped by ICM. Peralta is repped by UTA and managed by Talent Entertainment Group, as is Penn.