Jean Bentley
May 08, 2009 AT 05:07 PM EDT

Samuel L. Jackson will headline a movie based on the life of pirate negotiator Andrew Mwangura, Variety reports. Mwangura, a freelance journalist, runs the Seafarers’ Assistance Programme, a nonprofit that brokers the safety and freedom of hijacked ships off the Eastern coast of Africa. Last year, he made headlines for negotiating a high-price deal between pirates and the owners of a Ukranian ship secretly carrying weapons bound for the Sudan.Jackson’s Uppity Films is teaming up with producer Andras Hamori’s H20 Motion Pictures for the project. The two previously co-produced the thriller Formula 51, and are reportedly working on an adaptation of the novella Running Wild.

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