As reported by Deadline Paul Greengrass has been offered the chance to direct the true life story of the cargo ship captain who gave himself up as a hostage to save his crew.
Captain Richard Phillips – to be played by Tom Hanks – was taken from his vessel, Maersk Alabama, and held for 3 days before US Navy Seals rescued him, killing three of his captors in the process.
The film will be based on Phillips‘ own account of events entitled, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea.
The only stumbling block that may have prevented the critically acclaimed director of United 93 becoming attached to the project was his desire to make Memphis a film about the assassination of Martin Luther King, a film currently on hiatus over rights issues.
Last year Greengrass unveiled that he would no longer make any Bourne films, telling CHUD,
“It just happens with franchises; you get to a point where you feel like you’ve done it. They need to find someone else to come in to take it in a new direction I wouldn’t have thought of and it will be better.”
The directors’s last film was Green Zone in 2010.