Walden Media's surfing drama Of Men and Mavericks is scheduled to wrap production next month, although a new director will be at the helm. Michael Apted is filling in for director Curtis Hanson for the last 15 days of principal photography, starting on Monday.

Curtis Hanson recently experienced complications from a heart surgery, which leaves him incapable of finishing the production. It isn't known if Michael Apted will oversee post-production as well, or when Curtis Hanson is expected to fully recover.

Of Men and Mavericks stars newcomer Jonny Weston as surfing legend Jay Moriarty, who conquered the treacherous Northern California waves known as the "Mavericks." Gerard Butler is playing Rick "Frosty" Hesson, Moriarty's mentor who taught him how to ride the formidable waves.

Walden Media has set an October 26, 2012 release date for Of Men and Mavericks, which is shooting Northern California.