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    October 26, 2009

    COLUMBIA PICTURES AND THE SOMALI PIRATES?

    According to source on Variety and EO, Billy Ray (State of Play, Flightplan) will write about the Somali pirates. The planned drama will be based on the real life events following Columbia's acquisation of upcoming (next spring) memoir by Captain Richard Phillips.

    The memoir entitled "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Five Dangerous Days" will be published by Hyperion.

    "The cargo ship Maersk Alabama was boarded and hijacked by four Somali pirates, on its way to Mombasa. The crew were able to resist to some extent, but the pirates escaped on a 28ft lifeboat with Captain Richard Phillips as hostage. A standoff with the US Navy ensued, during which Phillips almost managed to swim for it at one point. But the siege ultimately ended with three of the pirates shot dead and the fourth, on board the USS Bainbridge negotiating a ransom, taken into custody; the first time a pirate has been taken by the US Navy since the 1800s." - EO

    Michael De Luca, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Scott Rudin are set to produce.
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