Sony Plans Somali Pirate Hijack Film

Sony Pictures has acquired the life rights and upcoming memoir of Captain Richard Phillips reports Variety.

The film will retell the events that garnered headlines worldwide in April. After his cargo ship was hijacked on the high seas off the Somali coast, 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.

Michael DeLuca, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Scott Rudin are set to produce.