Jason Momoa, the inventor of Aquamans, has reteamed up with producer Peter Safran (Suicide Squad, Peacemaker) to direct a biopic about legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku, according to producers. The film will focus on this iconic and gentle man as the undisputed father of modern-day surfing.
Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian swimmer, was selected to four different Olympic events from 1912 to 1932. He would then open up gas stations around Hawaii and eventually became the sheriff of Honolulu for thirty years. Besides swimming, Kahanamoku is well-known to many as the man who popularized surfing and brought it to the legitimate sporting arena. In 1968, he died of a heart attack.
The script for the currently untitled film, which will be written by Chris Kekaniokalani Bright, is unreleased at this time, nor will any other production information be released, nor will Momoa be included in the biopic.
Safran discussed his involvement with Variety, saying, "The Duke Kahanamoku tale has always fascinated me. To now have the opportunity to portray it with the integrity it deserves, in collaboration with Jason, Chris, and the Carlsons, is a gift." Eric Carlson also issued a brief statement on the project, saying, "We are all honored to be collaborating with Malama Pono to tell the incredible true story of one of America's most overlooked heroes."
Momoa is a producer on this and other projects, but also has a number of acting credits, including returning to the sea in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which will be released next year. He gives his all in every project he is involved in, and we're certain the biopic will be no exception.
At this time, no other information is available about the upcoming biopic. Check out our interview with Momoa for Dune here: