We reported back in April that director Paul Greengrass' project Memphis was being delayed for at least a year. The filmmaker has been seeking new projects to fill the void in his schedule, and it seems two of the contenders are Maresk Alabama and Rush.
Back in April, we first reported on Maresk Alabama, which was untitled at the time, and centers on Captain Richard Phillips, who was captured by Somali pirates while helming the Maresk Alabama in 2009. Tom Hanks is attached to star and Billy Ray is adapting Richard Phillips' book, A Captain's Duty. Sony plans to shoot Maresk Alabama as early as this fall, after Tom Hanks wraps production on Cloud Atlas.
Rush comes from screenwriter Peter Morgan and is based on the true story of Formula One race car driver Niki Lauda, who nearly died during the 1976 season. Niki Lauda's car caught on fire during an August 1, 1976 race, which caused the driver to lose his right ear and lapse into a coma. The story will also follow the heated rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
It is said there is also a third movie that Paul Greengrass is considering, although it isn't known what that project may be.