Spielberg, Crichton Semi-Posthumously Re-Team for Pirate Region Movie

August 27, 2009

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Your favorite author and director for the six months following the release of Jurassic Park may be teaming up again. Following Michael Crichton's death, looters who went through the writer's computer found an unpublished pirate novel (Pirate Latitudes, set to be published in November); Steven Spielberg just heard about this and decided, hey, time to make a pirate movie based on that!

JP screenwriter David Koepp is set to adapt. It's still unclear whether or not Spielberg will only produce or also direct, but he did say this about the half-posthumous collaboration:

"Michael wrote a real page-turner that already seems suited for the big screen," Spielberg said of Pirate Latitudes. "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."

Don't worry, Stevesy, I'm sure Michael still loves you up in author heaven. He's probably out there right now, somewhere, looking down at you and thinking, "God, I am still so pissed I didn't get to see the end of ER."

(Thanks, Thundergirl.)

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