Paul Greengrass Likely For True Somali Pirates Tale


Paul Greengrass has been offered Columbia Pictures’ untitled big screen adaption of the harrowing true-life ordeal of Captain Richard Phillips. Deadline has word that the director (who was connected to the film last week) will likely make the project his next, teaming with leading man Tom Hanks.

Phillips captained the MV Maersk Alabama which, in April of 2009, was hijacked by Somali pirates. Phillips bravely offered himself as a hostage to protect his crew and spent three days a prisoner before being rescued by a team of U.S. Navy SEALS.

The sale of the project, based off Phillip’s memoir, “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” was announced for development last year with producers Michael DeLuca, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Scott Rudin and it was confirmed in March that Hanks would headline.

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