The director of films like When a Stranger Calls (2006) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is looking to jump onto the pirate ship with his next film, although something tells me Johnny Depp will not be involved. Simon West Prods. (and if you haven't guessed by now, Simon West is the director in question) has just optioned Mark Haskell Smith's novel Salty, which West intends to produce and direct.

Smith has taken on adapting duties himself, and is almost finished with a first draft. The story is an odd one, as it revolves around a reformed sex-addicted bassist who's forced into a trip to Thailand by his ex-supermodel wife. However, once there, all hell breaks loose when she's kidnapped by a gang of pirates looking to raise money for a new boat. Says West, "It's just the thing I was looking for. It's smart, slightly twisted, slightly dark, and above all really funny with great characters." Heck, I have no idea how the main character's recent addiction to sex will come into play when his wife is kidnapped by Thai pirates, but my curiosity is definitely peeked piqued. How about yours?