- By Elizabeth DickinsonElizabeth Dickinson is author of the Kindle Single Who Shot Ahmed? A Mystery Unravels in Bahrain's Botched Arab Spring, from which this excerpt was adapted. She is a former FP assistant managing editor.
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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Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| Passport |