Speilberg to work on Michael Crichton’s Pirate Latitudes

This is really exciting. I always felt that Speilberg and Crichton were the best combo to make memorable movies, just look at Jurassic Park! Even The Lost World: Jurassic Park was memorable, at least compared to Jurassic Park III. I think the other films based on Crichton’s novels have fallen by the wayside (I mean even Congo, which is a guilty pleasure, but a movie I don’t mind seeing, wasn’t as good as Jurassic Park) in terms of quality.

When I posted on the blog back in June about Michael Crichton’s Pirate Latitudes coming out in November, I was pretty excited. Now this news just blows me away!

from comingsoon.net:

Spielberg to Develop Crichton’s Pirate Latitudes

Source:USA Today
August 27, 2009



pirateUSA Today reports that Steven Spielberg is developing a film out of a posthumously published novel by the late Michael Crichton – “Pirate Latitudes,” an adventure story set off the coast of Jamaica in 1665.

Screenwriter David Koepp, who adapted Crichton’s novels for Jurassic Park and its sequel “The Lost World,” also has signed on to write the script. Spielberg plans to produce and is considering directing, says the newspaper.

DreamWorks Studios describes the novel, set for release Nov. 24, as the story of “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.”

“It’s a mission movie, and we see it through the prism of what it might have been like to live on the island during that time,” says Stacey Snider, Spielberg’s partner in DreamWorks and the company’s co-chair and CEO.

DreamWorks plans to wait for Koepp’s script before setting any formal schedule for the project. “This is a reunion movie that taps into all three of them, and their love of high adventure. Just like old times,” Snider says.

Maybe some of you Pirates of the Caribbean (POTC)  fanatics are saying “Port Royal! Isn’t that in Pirates?” and if you really need to know, Port Royal did exist and wasn’t just a Disney name added to the franchise. Tortuga also existed too. But in the Disney movie their roles are swapped. Port Royal in POTC is a British colony, lush and regal; while Tortuga is where Pirates go to have fun. In reality, Port Royal seems to be the seedy place where pirates go and Tortuga was fought over by at least three or four countries and was a strong hold.
I’m excited about another Speilberg/Crichton team up. I’m just sad that Crichton isn’t around to see it.
PS For those who will understand this next part, I said it back in June and I’ll say it again now, add Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton as the top book in the Book Section of the 2009 Christmas List!

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