Paul Greengrass may board ship with Tom Hanks for Maersk Alabama, a Sony adaptation of skipper Richard Philips’ tell-all (A Captain’s Duty), about being taken hostage from his ship by Somali pirates and rescued by Navy SEALS. Writes Vulture: “Just how dangerous are the waters that his ship, the Maersk Alabama, travels? Well, since Phillips’s kidnapping and rescue in April 2009, Somali pirates have actually attempted to seize the boat four more times, with the most recent attack coming only last month.” Here’s more on Greengrass’ directing options.
What about those other pirates holding our cinephile souls hostage? They are already planning their fifth Pirates of the Caribbean adventure!
If they didn’t make so much money we’d ask why bother? Possible directors include Number Four’s (the movie has almost hit $640 million worldwide) director Rob Marshall (he hasn’t yet responded to an offer that’s been out since January), and rumor has it that Tim Burton, Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man 3), Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass), and Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) are being considered. It comes down to who needs the paycheck? We’d rather that Captain Jack Sparrow (a.k.a. Johnny Depp) say enough already, but he sounded game at his Cannes press conference. It’s still fun.
We’d rather remember What’s Eating Gilbert Grape or Benny & Joon instead:
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