The 58-year-old, who was released from Equatorial Guinea’s notorious Black Beach prison last year, is close to completing a written account of the coup and is in talks with Hollywood producers, according to the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper.

The newspaper said Mann has consulted with Paul Greengrass, the much-lauded director of two of the Bourne films starring Matt Damon, but is likely to work with a different director.

If he publishes his memoirs, readers will be eager to find out Mann’s version of events and who was involved in the coup attempt, which threw President Obiang Nguema’s harsh regime into the international spotlight.