JARHEAD star BRIAN GERAGHTY has his sights set on playing tragic surfer dude BUNKER SPRECKELS in a new biopic.
The former surfing teacher is fighting to play the playboy, who died at 27 in 1977 after becoming a party animal.
Geraghty says, "He was like a surfing Jim Morrison. He lived in the fast lane, but had an incredibly dark side to his character - I'd really like to explore that.
"I mean he was the stepson of Clark Gable and he inherited a vast fortune as the heir to the Spreckels sugar millions, but there was this other side to him.
"There's this great documentary about his short life, called Bunker 77. He was a fascinating guy."
The '12 Years A Slave' director will receive the accolade at the London Film Festival in October.
Critics from all over the world were asked to name the best movie of the past 16 years.