Twentieth Century Fox-based producer Barry Josephson has acquired the rights to “The Dive,” the working title of the forthcoming autobiography from world champion freediver Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras.
Freediving is a burgeoning extreme sport in which participants zip hundreds of feet undersea after taking only a single breath of air, then race to the surface attached to a sled pulled by an inflated balloon.
The sport is physically demanding, and in 2002 claimed the life of Ferreras’ wife, female world champion freediver, Frenchwoman Audrey Mestre, then 27.
Ferreras himself holds the world record for diving without bottled oxygen. In May 2000, the Cuban diver descended to an astonishing 531 feet in just over three minutes, roundtrip, near Cozumel, Mexico.
“The Dive” book will be published by Harper Collins imprint Regan Books, and the subsequent pic will also be produced by Regan Media topper Judith Regan, who also published Michael Moore’s bestseller “Stupid White Men.”
Story of “The Dive” will revolve around Ferreras’ romance and marriage to Mestre, and her untimely death in October 2002. She died while attempting to break the world record off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
The story of the freediving couple has numerous other producers sniffing about for rights to the pair’s tale.
Production entities involving Vin Diesel, Jennifer Lopez and James Cameron have already expressed interest in the romance, which has been chronicled in Sports Illustrated and in the Miami Herald, among other pubs.
Regan described the duo’s tale as “not just a love story, but one about pushing limits” — noting that Mestre had suffered through scoliosis as a child and had been shaped by her physical challenges to push the envelope in extreme sports.
Josephson is producing the remake of “The Ladykillers” for the Coen Bros. at Disney’s Touchstone Pictures.
Regan is also host of “Tonight With Judith Regan” a current-events roundtable discussion on the Fox News Channel.