Curtis Hanson: get well soon, mate

The director of the upcoming surf movie "Of Men and Mavericks" is going to step away curtly-shooting film because of complications surrounding a recent heart surgery.

Curtis Hanson, who directed L.A. Confidential, will be replaced by Michael Apted, award-winning director of the "Up" documentary series.

Apted will take over Hanson’s Northern California set and complete the final 15 days of principal photography on the director’s surfing drama. "Of Men and Mavericks" tells the life story of Jay Moriarty, who conquered a specific break off of California’s coast that became known as Mavericks.

Newcomer Jonny Weston is on board playing Moriarty in the film. He’ll be joined by Gerard Butler, Abigail Spencer and Elisabeth Shue. The surf movie is scheduled to be released in October 2012 and might give Hanson time to complete a final cut should he be able to overcome these health complications.

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