- By Elizabeth DickinsonElizabeth Dickinson is a Gulf-based Deca journalist.
If the media hype was not enough for you, this is definitely a sign that Somali pirates have gotten a little bit too sexy:
Samuel L. Jackson and his Uppity Films have joined forces with Andras Hamori‘s H20 Motion Pictures to secure life rights of Andrew Mwangura, a negotiator between pirates and the owners of vessels hijacked off the coast of Africa.
Mwangura, the pro-bono negotiator who often brokers the release of hostaged ships’ crews, was as shocked as you are:
Mwangura told the Guardian that he had been taken aback by Hamori’s interest. “He said he wanted to make a story about my life. I was very surprised. He had been trying to reach me for two months but did not have the right phone number.”
But sorry movie producers, there’s a caveat:
Asked how he would react if the film-makers felt the need to “Hollywoodise” the story, [Mwangura] said: “I always stand for the truth. I don’t want Pirates of the Caribbean. I am a living man, and you can’t say lies about a living man … I am what I am am – someone who does things for forgotten people and the community.”
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