This is some great news! The creative team that brought Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park are coming together again to bring a novel that Crichton completed writing before he passed away called Pirate Latitude to the big screen. I think this is awesome, but at the same time a little sad that Crichton isn't around to see it happen.
As of right now Steven Spielberg plans to produce and is considering directing the film, which would be great! Screenwriter David Koepp, who adapted Crichton's novels for Jurassic Park and The Lost World, has come on board to write the script.
As for the story, it's an adventure story set off the coast of Jamaica in 1665. DreamWorks' Stacey Snider goes into a little more detail describing it 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. 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.
She goes on to say:
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.
Whoa! It's weird to realize that Spielberg has never directed a pirate movie! That just seems like something that would be right up his ally. Now I really hope he directs this film, because I would love to see Spielberg finally direct a pirate movie! With all of these people involved it is safe to assume the movie will have a lot of fun adventurous story telling.
Spielberg said regarding Pirate Latitudes:
Michael wrote a real page-turner that already seems suited for the big screen. Michael and I have had almost two decades of solid collaborations. Whenever I made a film from a Michael Crichton book or screenplay, I knew I was in good hands. Michael felt the same, and we like to think he still does.
The novel is set for release Nov. 24, and I for one will be picking myself up a copy. I can't wait to see what this story has in store for us.