He was held hostage by Somali pirates four years, in what was one of the most highest profile incidents of piracy in centuries, so it's natural that of course Hollywood have gone and made a film on the brush with death that Captain Richard Phillips had in 2009 when his freight vessel was boarded by an armed gang and he was subsequently held hostage.
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Tom Hanks has been entrusted with the role of Phillips, who selflessly attempts to sacrifice himself for his crew by being taken hostage himself. The bulk of the film has been adapted from the book 'A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea' by the real Richard Phillips and Stephan Tatty, who recounted their survival tale.
The film version has been directed by Paul Greengrass, who can list 'The Bourne Supremacy', 'Green Zone' and 'United 93' among his credits, with the screenplay having been written by Billy Ray, who can list 'The Hunger Games', 'State of Play' and 'Flightplan' on an impressive CV. The movie's expected to be out in the Autumn, and promises to be far more realistic a tale of nautical piracy that Pirates Of The Caribbean. Well, that's not hard really is it?