Samuel Jackson Developing a Real Life Pirating Movie
by Alex Billington
May 8, 2009
Samuel Jackson's Uppity Films and H20 Motion Pictures have joined forces to secure the life rights of Andrew Mwangura, a negotiator between pirates and the owners of vessels hijacked off the coast of Africa. The two companies will together develop a feature film based on Mwangura, with Samuel Jackson set to portray the cinematic version of the character. Mwangura is a freelance journalist and ex-marine engineer who runs the Seafarers' Assistance Programme, a nonprofit group that offers humanitarian aid to all seafarers. No writer or director has been hired, as this project is still in the early developmental stage.
"(Andrew) has the trust of the pirates and the ship owners, and his loyalty is to the kidnapped crews that get caught in the middle of these episodes," Andras Hamori said. While Hamori was in Africa coordinating the arrangement, Mwangura negotiated a $3.4 million deal for the crew and cargo of a Ukrainian ship that had been captured. Mwangura seems like a fascinating individual and I'm actually intrigued by all these stories. Even if it turns out to be a small indie production, I'd love to see this brought to the big screen with Jackson. Hopefully it doesn't take too long to come together and they hire a writer and director soon.