Curtis Hanson Has To Hand His Surf Drama Over To Michael Apted
Complications surrounding Curtis Hansonís recent heart surgery will force the L.A. Confidential director to step away from his curtly-shooting picture, Of Men and Mavericks, though heíll receive support from an equally qualified filmmaker whoíll step in a guide the production for a few days.
Michael Apted, award-winning director of the Up documentary series, will take over Hansonís Northern California set and complete the final 15 days of principal photography on the directorís surfing drama, Deadline reports. Men, produced by Walden Media, tells the true story of surfer Jay Moriarty, who conquered a specific break off of Californiaís coast that became known as Mavericks. Newcomer Jonny Weston is on board playing Moriarty in the film. Heíll be joined by Gerard Butler, Abigail Spencer and Elisabeth Shue.
Aptedís no stranger to feature film work, having helmed the most recent Chronicles of Narnia film (for Walden), the James Bond thriller The World Is Not Enough, Jodie Fosterís Nell and Gorillas In the Mist.
Itís unclear just how much footage Apted will have to shoot for Hanson, or whether Hanson will be back in time to begin the editing process. As of right now, Men has scheduled an October 2012 release, which should give Hanson time to complete a final cut should he be able to overcome these unfortunate health complications that have popped up due to his surgery. Though Hanson helmed the TV movie Too Big to Fail, about our nationís financial meltdown, his last theatrical release was 2007ís Lucky You with Drew Barrymore, and his fans were hoping he could rebound with a winning drama. Weíre pulling for Hanson, for his health, and for Of Men and Mavericks.
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