Gerard Butler and Abigail Spencer in the new Chasing Mavericks trailer
Surfing films are sadly one of those genres of movies that doesn’t have a lot of wins in the column. Of course you have the classic film POINT BREAK (which could be considered the best of the bunch), last year’s SOUL SURFER, the upcoming film DRIFT, SURFER DUDE, BLUE CRUSH and just because technically there is a surfer in there I’ll give you FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (I know, I’m really stretching that one). For some reason surfing movies just don’t succeed although maybe having Gerard Butler in the film might help. He does have quite the fan base.
CHASING MAVERICKS is a biopic of late surfer Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) who goes under the tutelage of Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to get prepared to surf the Mavericks, which are waves that come in on the coast of Northern California that average around five stories tall. The trailer makes the film look like a heartfelt sports film, but it’ll be interesting to see if they continue with the story of Jay Moriarity since he tragically died one day before he turned 23 years-old. Maybe that piece of info will just be something they gloss over in the credits at the end. What we should really be hoping for is a great surfing film which in this writers opinion hasn’t been seen since last year’s SOUL SURFER. CHASING MAVERICKS is directed by Curtis Hanson and stars: Gerard Butler, Abigail Spencer, Elisabeth Shue, Jonny Weston, Leven Rambin and Scott Eastwood. It hits theaters on October 26th, 2012, check out the trailer for CHASING MAVERICKS below.