Everybody's heard of repo men, those guys who snatch back cars from owners who have fallen behind in their loan payments. Not the most noble profession, perhaps, but arguably a necessary evil. And back in the 1980's, someone thought the job interesting enough to make an Emilio Estevez movie about it. . . .
That someone might well have been Emilio Estevez, now that I think about it, but still. . . .
Anyway, today I read an article about maritime repo men, people who repossess boats. At first, I thought, well, who cares? Boats are boring. They're basically just floating cars, right? But then I started reading the article: These aquarepo guys don't just grab up boats from people who've neglected to pay their bank notes; they frequently grab up boats from boat thieves, which adds a nice Omar Little-type wrinkle to the whole enterprise. To accomplish this, they devise all kinds of ruses and shenanigans to get themselves on board the boats--forging IDs, hiring prostitutes, casting voodoo spells, etc. Once they manage to get on board, they have to dash for the 12-mile limit of international waters to escape whatever jurisdiction the boats are being held in.
My question: How has George Clooney not optioned this for a screenplay?