By Nicole Sperling
Updated May 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

It was only a matter of time before Capt. Richard Phillips’ suspenseful capture by Somali pirates and subsequent dramatic rescue by Navy SEALs got a movie deal. Turns out Columbia Pictures is the buyer. The studio announced today that it has optioned the life story rights of Phillips, the captain of the Maersk Alabama ship, which was hijacked back in April. The studio will make the movie with producers Michael DeLuca, Kevin Spacey, Scott Rudin, and Dana Brunetti. The producers have also optioned the film rights to Phillips’ upcoming memoirs.