Spielberg & Crichton Go To “Latitudes”

Steven Spielberg is set to develop a film based on the late Michael Crichton’s posthumously published novel “Pirate Latitudes” reports USA Today.

Set for release in bookstores around Thanksgiving, the adventure yarn is set off the coast of Jamaica in 1665.

The story involves 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.

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, but will wait on Koepp’s script before making any decision.

The early 1970’s and mid-late 1990’s saw a wave of Crichton books becoming films as “The Andromeda Strain,” “The Terminal Man,” “Congo,” “Rising Sun,” “Sphere,” “Disclosure” and “Timeline”.

However various novels of the late author remain on the shelf despite previous attempts to adapt some of them including “Airframe,” “Prey,” “Next” and his controversial “State of Fear”.