Friday, May 29, 2009

Pirates in the Movies!

The film rights to the Captain of the Maersk Alabama's story have been nabbed by Columbia Pictures.

Studio, which has also optioned the film rights to Phillips’ upcoming memoir, will bring to the bigscreen the cargo ship captain’s capture by four Somali pirates and subsequent rescue by the U.S. Navy.

Michael DeLuca, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Scott Rudin are onboard to produce. Brunetti, a former member of the Coast Guard, was particularly instrumental in helping land the rights. He flew to the East Coast to meet with Phillips to discuss how the film would be handled.

"We were drawn to this remarkable story of heroism and courage as events were unfolding off the coast of Africa," Col co-prexy Doug Belgrad said.

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