Spielberg Considers Directing the Last Michael Crichton Novel

August 27, 2009

Director Steven Spielberg has a lot of potential projects on his plate these days, and now he's got one more. The late Michael Crichton, author of works like Jurassic Park and the creator of ER, has a posthumous novel titled Pirate Latitudes that Spielberg has taken an interest in. Are there more pirate movies in store for us?

Stacey Snider, the CEO of DreamWorks, said in an interview with USA Today that Spielberg might be interested in directing the last novel of Crichton's, and is likely going to produce regardless. DreamWorks now has a distribution deal with Disney, the studio that released the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Crichton's book takes place in 1665 around Jamaica:

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. ...Anything that Michael wrote, Steven would be keenly interested to read. But without Michael knowing it, or even me knowing it, it turns out Steven always wanted to direct his own pirate film. ...We would only pursue this if it was wonderful in its own way, and didn't interfere with [Disney's] films.

David Koepp, the screenwriter who adapted Jurassic Park and The Lost World -- both Crichton novels -- would also adapt Pirate Latitudes for the big screen.

Those who have a long enough memory will recall that Spielberg has, actually, made a pirate movie of sorts: it's called Hook. So, should we be excited about him making another pirate movie? Even if this one doesn't star Robin Williams and Julia Roberts (who Spielberg supposedly vowed never to work with again), does it have a chance of success?

Spielberg's collaborations with Crichton were usually successful when the author was alive. Will they continue to be even after his death?

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