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Avast Ye! Samuel L. Jackson to play pirate negotiator

In the 1998 flick "The Negotiator,"

Samuel L. Jackson

played a hot shot police negotiator in Chicago who takes hostages to try to prove his innocence in a police conspiracy.

Now he's set to play a negotiator of a different stripe - this time on the seas, this time negotiating with pirates.

And we're not talking Jack Sparrow pirates. We're talking real-life pirates who've been making headlines lately.

Jackson has secured the rights to tell the story of

Andrew Mwangura

, a negotiator between pirates and the owners of vessels hijacked off the coast of Africa.

Jackson plans to play Mwangura, a journalist and ex-marine engineer who runs the Seafarers' Assistance Programme, a nonprofit group that offers humanitarian aid to all seafarers. Mwangura is a freelance journalist and is not paid for his negotiating work.

Jackson and his production company, Uppity Films, will team with

Andras Hamori

's H20 Motion Pictures for the project, Variety reports.

Hamori apparently flew to Mombassa and negotiated the deal even as Mwangura recently brokered the freedom of crew and cargo of the Ukrainian ship V.S. Faina for $3.4 million.

"(Andrew) has the trust of the pirates and the ship owners, and his loyalty is to the kidnapped crews that get caught in the middle of these episodes," Hamori said.

Jackson is currently shooting the

Jon Favreau

-directed "Iron Man 2" and then will star with

Michael Sheen

in "Unthinkable."

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