Director-producer Steven Spielberg is working on bringing another Michael Crichton novel to the big screen. According to USA Today, he will develop a film based on the author’s book, Pirates Latitudes. As you may know Crichton passed away last year, but previously worked with Spielberg on several adaptations including his 1993 hit, Jurassic Park.
Joining Spielberg for Pirates Latitudes is screenwriter David Koepp. The writer is more than a little familiar with Crichton’s material. He penned the screenplays for Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World. Even though Spielberg is currently signed on as a producer, there is an option for him to direct.
The story of Latitudes takes place off the coast of Jamaica in 1665. DreamWorks describes the novel as “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.” This film may benefit off the recent success of other pirate themed projects such as the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
DreamWorks recently set up a new distribution deal with Disney, the studio behind the Pirates series, and they assure us that the two films won’t clash with each other. “We would only pursue this if it was wonderful in its own way, and didn’t interfere with their films.”
This is such a bittersweet reunion of these three. Now that Crichton’s gone, this film could be seen as more of a tribute or homage to the author. Spielberg stated, “Michael wrote a real page-turner that already seems suited for the big screen.” If anyone can adapt the novel, he’s the man for the job.
What do you think of Steven Spielberg adapting another Michael Crichton story?