- Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Addirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, David Warshofsky, Corey Johnson, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, Max Martini, Omar Berdouni, Mohamed Ali, Issak Farah Samatar, Thomas Grube, Mark Holden, San Shella, Terence Anderson, Marc Anwar, David Webber, Amr El-Bayoumi, Vincenzo Nicoli, Kapil Arun, Louis Mahoney, Peter Landi, Angus MacInnes, Ian Ralph, Kristian Hjordt Beck, Kurt Larsen, Bader Choukouko
- Director: Paul Greengrass
- Writer: Billy Ray
- Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin
- Co Producer: Christopher Rouse
- Executive Producers: Eli Bush, Gregory Goodman, Kevin Spacey
- Art Directions: Charlo Dalli, Raymond Pumilia, Paul Richards, Su Whitaker
- Casting: Francine Maisler
- Costume Design: Mark Bridges
- D.O.P.: Barry Ackroyd
- Editor: Christopher Rouse
- Makeup: Frances Hannon
- Music: Henry Jackman
- Production Design: Paul Kirby
- Set Decorations: Dominic Capon, Larry Dias
Based on the true-life story of Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by armed Somali pirates, attempted to escape and was eventually rescued by the U.S. Navy. The film will retell the events that garnered headlines worldwide in April. After his ship was hijacked on the high seas, Phillips surrendered himself to the pirates in order to protect his crew. The married father of two made one unsuccessful escape attempt before an elite squad of Navy SEAL snipers shot and killed three of the four pirates — an action authorized by President Obama. A fourth pirate surrendered and is in custody.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Boston, USA; Malta; Morocco; Surrey, UK; Virginia, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use)
- Production Companies: Michael De Luca Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Translux, Trigger Street Productions
- Production Schedule: 26 March 2012 - June 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "One of the highest profile contemporary dramas of next year, "Bourne" film series director Paul Greengrass brings his signature shaky-cam style to this true story tale which actually would suit the technique quite well. That story? The hijacking of the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009. This could well be a serious awards contender next year considering it has Scott Rudin, Michael DeLuca and Kevin Spacey as producers; a script by "Shattered Glass" and "Breach" scribe Billy Ray; and Tom Hanks in the title role.
While it was the sixth vessel in a week to be attacked by the Somali pirates that roam the Gulf of Aden, the takeover of the Maersk Alabama was the first successful pirate seizure of a ship registered under the American flag since the early 19th century. Using Captain Richard Phillips’ memoir "A Captain’s Duty" as the basis for the script, the film deals with the tense five-day stand-off between the four armed invaders and the crew, a stand-off that saw Phillips offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Ultimately a daring high-seas rescue saw U.S. Navy SEALs take down three of the captors.
Sony Pictures picked up the film rights to the incident literally a month after it happened so a movie was inevitable. Unlike say this year's "Zero Dark Thirty," the subject matter has nothing really to do with politics and so avoids some of the thorny issues and partisanship that comes with portraying contemporary U.S. military operations. Greengrass' work on "United 93" showcased how good he can be with tense real life incidents like this. Shot in Morocco, Malta and Massachusettes, the film is scheduled for an international release in October."