Robert Feigel (aka Bob)
2004-05-19 05:16:06 UTC
Leo catches 'Waves' 05/12/2004
Tue May 11, 8:00 PM ET
Online Staff, STAFF
Leonardo DiCaprio (news)'s Appian Way banner has optioned feature
rights to "All for a Few Perfect Waves," David Rensin's upcoming bio
of surfer Miki Dora, with DiCaprio eyeing the central role.
"High Fidelity" scribe D.V. DeVincentis will adapt the oral biography.
Appian optioned the book from a proposal that Rensin, author of "The
Mailroom," sent to publishers earlier this month. Book will be
published by William Morrow in 2006.
Project falls under Appian's first-look deal with Initial
Entertainment. DiCaprio and Appian prexy Brad Simpson will produce,
with Rensin as co-producer and Barry Rosen as exec producer.
Dora, who was credited with sparking Malibu's surfing subculture
during the 1950s and '60s, was also a seductive prankster who had a
fickle relationship with his public persona. Frustrated with the
exploitation of the surfing lifestyle, he dropped out at the end of
the 1960s. In the early 1980s, he was arrested for check fraud and
spent time in French and American jails.
Simpson described Dora as "part Marlon Brando (news) in 'The Wild
Ones,' part Sid Vicious and part Cary Grant (news), all in board
shorts. He would crash Hollywood parties, charm all the guests and
leave with the most extraordinary girl on his arm and a collection of
filched credit cards in his pocket."
Filmmakers such as Art Linson and John Milius previously have tried to
bring Dora's story to the screen. However, the surfer made a habit of
teasing producers, announcing that he was ready to see a film made of
his life and entertaining offers, only to later pull away. Dora died
of cancer in January 2002.
Rosen brought the project to Appian, which worked with the Firm to
persuade Rensin's William Morris agents to show them his proposal
before it went to publishers. Appian optioned the proposal through its
deal with Initial and immediately approached DeVincentis, an
accomplished surfer, to handle the adaptation.
"When weaving nets, all threads count." - Charlie Chan
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