With his MLK project having fallen apart, “Bourne” sequel director Paul Greengrass is now mulling his next project.
The helmer is in talks to direct Tom Hanks in the Somali pirate film “Maersk Alabama” in development at Sony Pictures says Vulture.
The true life story centres on captain Richard Phillips, who was held hostage by four Somali pirates who seized his ship the Maersk Alabama. He was subsequently rescued by a group of Navy SEALs early 2009.
The studio obtained the cargo ship captain’s life rights and his upcoming memoir “A Captain’s Duty” in 2009. Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “Breach”) has penned the script while Scott Rudin is producing.
The studio wants to make the film as early as the Fall once Hanks wraps “Cloud Atlas” in the Summer.
Greengrass however is also considering “Rush”, the Formula One drama written by Peter Morgan (“The Queen”, “Frost/Nixon”) set up at Working Title Films.
Morgan’s script deals with three-time F1 champion Niki Lauda’s famed rivalry with the English race driver James Hunt, both on and off the track, and his near-fatal 1976 racing season.