EXCLUSIVE: One of the most popular surf movies, Blue Crush, is headed to television. NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to a series based on the 2002 Imagine feature directed by John Stockwell, which starred Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake.
Lizzy Weiss, who co-wrote the movie with Stockwell, will pen the series adaptation and will executive produce. The movie’s producer, Imagine’s Brian Grazer, also will executive produce with the company’s Francie Calfo. Universal TV, whose feature sibling Universal Pictures released the film, is the studio, co-producing with Imagine Television.
The 2002 movie revolved around three best friends (Bosworth, Rodriguez, Lake) living in Hawaii and surfing on its famed North Shore. It was a breakout, helping to launch the movie careers of Bosworth and Rodriguez and spawning a direct-to-video sequel. (you can watch the trailer below)
Weiss also wrote the story for Blue Crush based on an Outside magazine article. In TV, she created the ABC Family/Freeform Peabody-winning drama series Switched At Birth, whose fifth and final series will premiere in January. She is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone.
For Imagine TV, Blue Crush joins single-camera half-hour comedy starring standup comedian Ms. Pat, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox with Lee Daniels executive producing. This marks Grazer’s return to NBC and Uni TV where he executive produced two praised series based on Imagine movies, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.
Imagine TV’s series portfolio includes hit Empire and the upcoming 24: Legacy and Shots Fired on Fox and Genius on NatGeo. The company is repped by CAA.
This is the latest broadcast series project this season that is based on a movie. The list also includes The Italian Job at NBC, Enemy of the State at ABC, S.W.A.T. at CBS, Behind Enemy Lines at Fox and Lost Boys at the CW.