Back in March we reported that Tom Hanks was poised to make a big splash by signing on to play Capt. Richard Phillips in Sony's adaptation of 'A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea,' Phillips' memoir of his harrowing experience with Somali pirates in 2009. Well, looks like the production is in shipshape, with Hanks now on board and Sony offering Paul Greengrass the director's chair, according to Deadline.

Phillips was the leader of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama and gave himself up as a hostage to the pirates to save his crew. He was rescued three days later when Navy SEALs staged a raid that left three captors dead and another in custody.

Greengrass is no stranger to action movies about terrorists. He wrote, directed and produced 2006's 'United 93,' a real-time story about one of the jets hijacked on 9/11. He's also directed two of the 'Bourne' movies as well as the Iraq-based political thriller 'Green Zone.'

The script for the untitled movie, which will be released in 2013, is being handled by 'The Hunger Games' writer Billy Ray.

Hanks, who last appeared on screen in 2009's 'Angels & Demons,' will next be seen opposite Julia Roberts in the comedy 'Larry Crowne,' which opens July 1.
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