SOUL SURFER STARTS PRE-PRO MONDAY; FILMING LATE JANUARY

SOUL SURFER STARTS PRE-PRO MONDAY; FILMING LATE JANUARY



surf angel bethany hamilton kawela bay

Bethany Hamilton at Kawela Bay



SOUL SURFER SUBJECT SLATED FOR NBC’S TODAY SHOW APPEARANCE FRIDAY DEC. 11





Six weeks of pre preproduction on the long-delayed biopic Soul Surfer about Kauai wave rider Bethany Hamilton who had an arm amputated in a shark attack begins monday, several sources confirmed. That’s more good news for Hawaii’s production community and co producers Brookwell/McNamara Entertainment who have labored for months on the script and helping to cement funding. Filming is scheduled to start either Jan. 19 or Jan. 26, sources said…



Oahu filming will be 4-6 weeks and 1-4 days on Kauai…



UPM is the always affable Kenny Burke who just finished working on Island Film Group’s The Honeymoon… Hamilton who is competing in the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu’s North Shore is scheduled to be on NBC’s Today Show Friday, Dec. 11 for an interview with Meredith Vierra to discuss her surfing career, the Soul Surfer film and possibly the movie’s stars…Casting is still ongoing but producers reportedly are considering veteran actor and sometime Maui resident Helen Hunt to portray Hamilton’s mother and AnnaSophia Robb (below) as Hamilton…


Annasophia Robb



Locations likely will include two homes representing Hamilton’s Kauai residence and one for her girlfriend Alana; a church/community center, Kahuku Hospital but primarily the ocean and beaches bordering the Turtle Bay Resort. Kawela Bay might be used since the script describes a location that requires a walk through a tunnel of tall trees…One scene also requires a pier location…Most of the surfing sequences including the tiger shark attack on Hamilton’s character will be filmed north of the Turtle Bay Resort which is where the production is based…(The actual shark attack occurred on Kauai’s North Shore)…

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