A few months back, Universal Pictures pulled the plug on director Paul Greengrass’ proposed MLK film Memphis, and Vulture has a couple thoughts on what he may be looking to direct next, which includes a movie about the sea captain taken hostage by Somali pirates, which would star Tom Hanks, and another one about Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda’s 1976 season in which he almost died in a car crash.
Tom Hanks is already attached to Sony Pictures’ adaptation of merchant seaman Richard Philllips’ non-fiction book “A Captain’s Duty” about when he was taken hostage by Somali pirates before being freed by US Navy SEALS. Vulture reports that it will be turned into a pirate film called Maersk Alabama once Hanks becomes available to play Phillips.
Another option Greengrass has is Rush, a screenplay by Oscar-nominated writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) being developed by Working Title Films, which was confirmed by the film’s subject, veteran racer Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda on ESPN.com. The film will deal with his rivalry with English racer James Hunt and the August 1, 1976 accident that left Lauda near death when his Ferrari swerved off the track, which allowed Hunt to win the race.