Somehow, one cannot help but think that it was only a matter of time before something like this would happen. And if reports are as accurate as we hope they are, then this movie has already been in the works long before Captain Richard Phillips went home to a warm welcome.
A report in the Los Angeles Times reveals that Sony announced their acquisition of the rights to the story of Captain Phillips as well as film rights to his upcoming memoirs. Hollywood bigwigs Scott Rudin, Michael DeLuca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti are the producers reportedly attached to the project.
According to the LA Times story, the head of Scott Rudin’s production company, Mark Roybal, had approached Sony about doing a movie about Captain Phillips while the hostage-drama was still playing out off the coast of Somalia. Shortly after the rescue of Captain Phillips by the Navy SEALs, Keven Spacey and Dana Brunetti, who were co-producers on the film “21” with Michael DeLuca, reportedly approached the Phillips family. Kevin Spacey reportedly made a trip to Vermont and got the nod from the captain and his family about doing a film project.
The team of DeLuca, Spacey and Brunetti also pitched the film to Sony, and since Rudin had also gone to the studio with the idea, they decided to join forces. They had reportedly also worked together on a film by Sony about the creation of Facebook, where they “had such a good time working together,” according to DeLuca as quoted by the LA Times.
A movie seems like the exact opposite of the SEALs’ non-preference of the limelight, but this may be a good way for Phillips to share his ordeal. It may also be an avenue for people to understand the driving force behind piracy and what the family of Phillips back home was going through. But then, one can count for sure on the fact that people will want to see SEAL heroics once again.
The project is reportedly still in its early stages, so we will just have to wait for what they come up with.