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Spielberg commands Crichton's Pirate Latitudes

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, August 27, 2009

The death of E.R. and Jurassic Park creator Michael Crichton isn't stopping Steven Spielberg from making a movie from the novelist's last known written work. After the passing of the 66-year-old Crichton to throat cancer last November, Crichton had finished two unpublished books: a techno-thriller and a pirate adventure set in the 17th century called Pirate Latitudes.

The screen rights to Pirates Latitutes have gone to DreamWorks and Spielberg will produce the movie and possibly direct it. David Koepp (The Lost World, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will adapt the book.

"Michael Crichton was one of our greatest storytellers who expanded all of our imaginations with his books, films, and television," Spielberg said in a statement released by the studio. "With the E.R. series and Jurassic Park series, I enjoyed one of the best collaborations of my career. Now with Pirate Latitudes, I and all of us at DreamWorks have the chance to be excited about bringing this new Michael Crichton work to the screen."

The story takes place in 1665 and is about group of buccaneers that devise a plan to plunder a Spanish galleon loaded with treasure that's moored in the heavily-guarded Port Royal. HarperCollins is publishing the book on November 24.

-Variety.
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Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago

Crichton, Spielberg and Pirates. I'm in!!!

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Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago

Ditto. One of my favorite authors coupled with one of my favorite directors? Can't wait.

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Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago

Although the last time these two were coupled, wasn't it The Lost World ?

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