Untitled Somali Pirates Project: Paul Greengrass to direct
Paul Greengrass is set to direct the untitled Somali Pirates project, for Sony Pictures. Tom Hanks is attached to star as Capt. Richard Phillips, who sacrificed himself as a hostage to Somali pirates on the cargo ship Maersk Alabama in exchange for allowing his crew to stay onboard.
A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea: Tom Hanks to star
Tom Hanks has been set to star in "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea", an adaptation of the memoir by Captain Richard Phillips for Sony Pictures.
The story follows Captain Phillips the leader of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama who gave himself up as a hostage to Somali pirates to keep his crew from having to leave the ship with them. After three days alone with the armed pirates in a small lifeboat, Phillips was saved by Navy SEALs who staged a raid that left three captors dead and another in custody.
Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games") has written the first draft of the screenplay.