NBC is developing a TV series version of the 2002 surfing movie Blue Crush. Reboots, remakes, and revivals of older properties continue to be a high priority for TV networks, with new projects materializing on a near-constant basis. Some of these projects are revivals of older TV series, while others are adaptations of films, or serve as a spinoff of a movie franchise's universe. Falling into the second category is Blue Crush, an adaptation of director John Stockwell's aforementioned 2002 movie of the same name.
Based on a magazine article called "Life's Swell" by writer Susan Orlean, Blue Crush was co-written by Stockwell and Lizzy Weiss, the latter of which would go on to create the ABC Family series Switched at Birth. Set in Hawaii's North Shore, Blue Crush's story centered on Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth), a formerly rising star in the world of surfing. Anne Marie's future as a surfer was thrown off course by a tragic accident that saw her nearly drown, but thanks to her best friends Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake), she's decided to train for a come back.
Unlike many properties chosen to be rebooted or revived on TV, Blue Crush wasn't exactly a huge hit, just barely doubling its $25 million budget at the box office. Critical sentiment was also mixed on Blue Crush, with the film earning a 61 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, the film has its fans, especially among those who love the surf culture. According to THR, NBC's Blue Crush adaptation is being penned and executive produced by Hannah Schneider (Reign), and hails from both Universal Television and Imagine Television.
This isn't the first time that Universal and Imagine have attempted to capitalize on the Blue Crush name, releasing a poorly received direct-to-video sequel called Blue Crush 2 in 2011. Like many DTV sequels, Blue Crush 2 was a follow-up in name only, featuring entirely new characters, and moving the surfing action to South Africa.
NBC's Blue Crush is expected to retain the premise and lead characters of the film, while expanding the story's scope outward a bit in order to accommodate the requirements of a long-form TV series. As Blue Crush is still in development, a timetable has yet to be established as to when the series will actually go into production, much less make air. Still, from a logical standpoint, not airing it during the summer season would be a missed opportunity.