The Oscar-winning director of 'L.A. Confidential' is hitting the waves.

Production Weekly brings news that Curtis Hanson will direct 'Jay Moriarty,' a biography film about the surfing legend. Sean Penn is in talks to play Moriarty's mentor, Rick 'Frosty' Hesson.

As a teenager, Jay Moriarty took on the waves at the world-famous Northern California surfing location known as Maverick's, where waves can top out at over 50 feet. Moriarty convinced local surfing veteran Rick 'Frosty' Hesson to train him for the invitation-only contest that is held at Maverick's every winter. Moriarty died a day before his 23rd birthday in a free-diving accident.

No word yet on who might play Moriarty.
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