Samuel L. Jackson vs. Pirates

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 ...

By , International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia.
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HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 17: Actor Samuel L. Jackson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Lionsgate's "The Spirit" held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 17, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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:

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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Elizabeth Dickinson is International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia.

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