Hollywood’s ‘Pirate Hero’

Talk about dramatizing the issue: it turns out Samuel L. Jackson’s company has secured the rights to the story of Andrew Mwangura, a local negotiator who “heads the non-profit East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme, which works to free ships held by Somali sea raiders.” I don’t know about you, but personally I’m fascinated to see what kind of representation they produce. I guess it’s not surprising that Hollywood is seizing on the dramatic potential of the Somali Pirate situation, although to be honest I thought the recent hostage situation with Captain Richard Phillips would be the first story translated to the big screen. One more interesting note – “He was arrested at the time of the hijacking for suggesting the arms on board were bound for South Sudan, something the Kenyan government denied.” This movie just might be a platform for a more truthful account of piracy in Somalia

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