Femme-centric sports film BLUE CRUSH is getting a shot at the small screen as NBC puts a series adaptation in the works. The film from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Studios was released in 2002 and starred Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sanoe Lake.
The film was based on the article “Life’s Swell” by Susan Orleans and published in Outside magazine. It followed three best friends living in Hawaii, who live to surf on at the state’s famous North Shore.
Imagine’s Brian Grazer will executive producer with Francie Calfo. Imagine and Universal are co-producing.
The project will be written by Lizzy Weiss who previously created Switched at Birth, the award-winning drama on ABC Family/Freeform. The movie easily tapped into young women’s desire for positive, female-centric characters, as well as featuring a diverse cast outside of the two romantic leads. In the hands of Weiss, the series has strong potential and could take NBC into a new environment of younger, socially conscious viewers if it focuses on the movie’s strengths: complex females, diversity, and a unique and important environment of the US that is not often shown.
Imagine currently has a half-hour comedy from comedian Ms. Pat at Fox also in development. On air, their current series are Empire, 24: Legacy, and the upcoming series Shots Fired and Genius.
Emily J | Staff Writer