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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In Which Boats Suddenly Sound a Lot More Interesting

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?


  1. This would make a nice backdrop for a screen play, but don't you think it needs a more personal main plot to front it? And maybe also a sub-plot.

  2. Well, sure. After all, there needs to be something for Julia Roberts to do. . . . And Matt Damon.