Kidnapped Captain film
The story of the Captain of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship hijacked by Somalia pirates who gave himself up for ransom in order to protect his crew and was later freed by U.S. Navy Seals in an armed rescue, is set to become a feature film.
It follows not too long after we heard that the story of a American man who helps negotiate the freedom of the kidnapped crews around the coast of Africa had begun development.
Captain Richard Phillips has had his life rights secured by Columbia Pictures in order to make a film about his life, ahead of the release of his memoirs which are still to be written according to Variety.
The story will tell how he bravely offered himself to the pirates for ransom in order to leave his crew alone when they boarded the cargo ship and threatened the crew at gunpoint. During his ordeal he made an attempt to escape and failed, and it was U.S. Navy Seals who secured his freedom when their snipers shot and killed three of the pirates and forced another to surrender.
The story is a dramatic one, and perhaps an example of how these pirates should be dealt with, not with the handing over of huge sums of money, but with the storming of their vessels and their hard treatment as armed killers.
The film will probably be all American and gung-ho, although I do hope that they tone that down and concentrate on the danger that so many cargo ships and crews face from pirates, it isn't just an American issue.
Still, it will be a strong film, and Kevin Spacey is one of the names producing, I wonder if he'll end up with a role in the film?