DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to Michael Crichton’s final novel, “Pirate Latitudes.” The plan is for Steven Spielberg to produce and possibly direct.
David Koepp will write the script. The period action-adventure which Crichton completed before his death last November will be published November 24. The completed manuscript was found by Crichton’s assistant.
Set in 1665, “Pirate Latitudes” revolves around a daring plan to infiltrate Port Royal, one of the world’s richest and most notorious cities, and raid a Spanish galleon filled with treasure.
Spielberg, Crichton and Koepp have a long history together. Jurassic Park and The Lost World are both Crichton novels that Koepp adapted for Spielberg.
“Michael Crichton was one of our greatest storytellers who expanded all of our imaginations with his books, films, and television,” Spielberg said.
“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,” Spielberg continued.
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