Kevin Spacey To Produce Movie About The Somali Pirates

Movies based on real world events take on an extra level of interest since most people are familiar (if the real events are big news issues) with the “source material” as it were. Getting an insight into those events (not that films stay 100% accurate to the real events) and seeing them from an entirely new perspective than that of the evening news can be compelling to watch.

So it is with the recent events with those pesky Somali pirates. The Hollywood Reporter says that Kevin Spacey and a group of others have acquired the rights to produce a film about the incident:

Columbia Pictures has picked up the life story rights of Richard Phillips, the captain of the ship captured by Somalis and later rescued by the U.S. Navy, with the aim to develop a feature film to be produced by Scott Rudin, Michael DeLuca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti.

No writer is on board, but the film will retell the story of the captain of the trading vessel Maersk Alabama who, in order to save his crew, surrendered himself to Somali pirates after his ship was hijacked. The standoff, which commanded worldwide attention, tested the strength of Phillips and his crew as well as the resolve of the Navy commanders and President Barack Obama to bring Captain Phillips home alive. Columbia president Doug Belgrad and Elizabeth Cantillon will oversee the project for the studio.


Sign me up… I’d be interested in seeing this.

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12 thoughts on “Kevin Spacey To Produce Movie About The Somali Pirates

  1. I am interesting in this movie am african,half somali and half oromo and i would like to be part of this casting if anyone knows anything about it Thank you

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    Abshir Q. says:

    Born in Somalia, live in USA.
    I’m interesting to be part of this movie.
    I made several movies about immigrants from Somali to USA.

  3. FIRS OF ALL AM A BIG FAN OF KEVIN SPACEY, I WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS MOVIE I KNOW I CAN HELP SOMEWHERE. AM A COLLEGE STUDENT AND I LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS MN AND I CAN ACT OR HELP WITH THE SCRIPT AM A YOUNG MAN THAT HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE ON SOMALI TEENS I BEN EVERY WHERE FROM SOMALIA WHERE I WAS BORN AT TO YEMEN TO KENYA,FLUENT IN SOMALI,ARABIC, AND ENGLISH.RECENTLY I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON AN INDEPENDENT MOVIE THAT I WROTE AND DIRCTED…LET ME KNOW

  4. wow, another hostage movie. this project seems more talking than doing. we know about the main points already from the news reports. the only action would be the beginning and ending. unless Phillips goes John McClane on the pirates i pass!

    but gotta hand it to Hollywood amidst the remakes and sequels for trying to be original. (;

  5. President Obama’s resolve, pshaw…the military was forced to wait several days tog o after those bastards becasue of President Obama. The decision to go was only reached when command was extended to the tactical commander. The President was lucky that captain didn’t die because of his hesitation.

    The Captain and the Seals were the heroes here. I really don’t see the President as a hero in this situation.

    1. I totally agree! President Obama had nothing to do with the rescue effort…except to slow it down! The Captain, the SEALs, AND the crew of the USS BAINBRIDGE are the true heroes.

  6. After i saw Beyond the Sea of Spacey i cant get a high stander of Spacey his directional point or producion. Now about Pirates , please do Superman Returns 2 or something and dont bore us with bad movies.

  7. I wonder if this has anything to due with the movie Sam Jackson is doing about being a pirate hostage negotiator. If Spacey gets him on board, then it will be The Negotiator 2.

  8. I hope they do this well. I hate when a film is made on a current subject and its all done to spread some sort of politically correct goblty goop message. The film should focus on the heroism of the Maersk crew and praise th skill of the Seal Team snipers that ended the crisis and saved Captain Philips. I fear however that it will all be about “the poor plight of those sad and victimized pirates” or some garbage like that. Everyone has a choice in life. They made theres.

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