Capt. Richard Phillips' rescue from Somali pirates to become movie

It was only a matter of time before Capt. Richard Phillips’ suspenseful capture by Somali pirates and subsequent dramatic rescue by Navy SEALs got a movie deal. Turns out Columbia Pictures is the buyer. The studio announced today that it has optioned the life story rights of Phillips, the captain of the Maersk Alabama ship, which was hijacked back in April. The studio will make the movie with producers Michael DeLuca, Kevin Spacey, Scott Rudin, and Dana Brunetti. The producers have also optioned the film rights to Phillips’ upcoming memoirs.


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  • M

    The only thing that suprises me is that this deal came before the Movie deal for the Hudson River Pilot.

  • Sally in Chicago

    Let’s see, the pirates overwhelmed the boat in about 30 minutes; the captain was imprisoned for about 5 days…and nothing happened during that time, except a lot of communication betw the Navy and the pirates. Yep, that should make for a really exciting movie.

  • TL

    Why am I not so surprise… Thought it would be sooner…

  • Anisa

    Lol, I agree with M. I thought that the story about the Hudson River and the pilot would of have come first.
    Anyway, I really would like to know how the people involved in this movie are going to interpret this pirate issue; hopefully it isn’t going to be overly biased and bad.

  • spaceman

    i wonder if Spacey will star, he is everwehre these days.

  • Arabman1

    Don’t mistake Somalis’ physical and cultural traits with the people of Central and West Africa. It’s like an Indian and Chinese portrayed as if they are one.
    Above all, consult anthropologists and geographers. Make us all proud.

  • Nolan C

    I was on the ship, and worked directly for the seal team. There was a ton of excitement behind the scenes, most classified so, I’m not sure how, or what intel will be leaked, or forged…The public knows only 10% of what happened.
    Don’t let the media give you the impression you’ve heard everything. This should be a great movie, Captain Richard gave him self up for his crew, and attempted escape, he is the TRUE hero. All of America should look up to him, apart from thier snyde, prudish, posh life styles, maybe just for one day. After 9/11, every minvan and house had an American flag on it, where are they now??? Captain Richard embodies what built this great land and what still keeps it free for you all to watch your 70″ HD t.v. w/ no worries…God Bless him and the few good Americans left out there.
    If I offended you, well…
    (no comment, look in the mirror, and ask “What have I done for this land, or anyone?)

  • Erek

    It’s just that you’re gone for another hollywood film about perat,
    I’m somalia male and I’m Intersting c\acting one if need somalia person, who speak 4 Fluency in four languages English
    · Dutch
    · Somalia
    · Arabic

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