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Greengrass May Commandeer Hanks in Somali Pirates Adaptation, Caribbean #5 Considers Next Director

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2011 at 5:27AM

Ahoy, pirates!

Ahoy, pirates!

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!

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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:

[Images courtesy of Hyperion, Disney, MGM]

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Daily Read, Paul Greengrass, Sequel, Action, Johnny Depp

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.