August 28, 2009
Spielberg producing Crichton ‘Pirate’ film
Hollywood's DreamWorks Studios has acquired the rights to the late Michael Crichton's last manuscript, a 17th century pirate yarn.
Variety said Steven Spielberg will produce and may direct the big-screen adaptation of
Pirate Latitudes, a novel to be published Nov. 24. Crichton, the author of
The Andromeda Strain,
Jurassic Park and
Congo, died last November.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,
Angels & Demonsand
The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3,is writing the
Piratescreenplay and production is set to begin early next year, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.
Michael Crichton was one of our greatest storytellers, who expanded all of our imaginations with his books, films and television, Spielberg told Variety.