Captive is the film based on the book Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero. It was written by Ashley Smith, the woman who was held captive in her apartment in 2005 by the infamous Atlanta courthouse killer, Brian Nichols. During the seven hours they spent together, Smith gained Nichols’ confidence by reading passages to him from Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. Nichols let Smith walk away unharmed. He surrendered peacefully.
In the film, Smith is portrayed by Kate Mara (Sue Storm in Fantastic Four). Nichols is portrayed by David Oyelowo (Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma). The director of the film is 80-year-old Jerry Jameson. He started his career in the 1960s as editorial supervisor for the hit TV shows Mod Squad with Peggy Lipton, That Girl with Marlo Thomas, I Spy with Bill Cosby, and The Andy Griffith Show. In the 1980s he went on direct Murder, She Wrote, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Walker, Texas Ranger, among others.