Spielberg developing last Crichton novel
Steven Spielberg is set to adapt Michael Crichton's last novel into a film, amazingly the novel is not about a theme park built by man where the man made creatures turn against the humans (Westworld and Jurassic Parks galore), this one is about an adventure story in 1665 set on the Jamaican seas.
Spielberg is set to develop Pirate Latitudes with David Koepp writing the script, which seems very apt since he adapted Jurassic Park and The Lost World.
Right now though Steven Spielberg is only planning to produce, he hopes to direct, but the story from the USA Today says that he's just considering it at the moment. As usual waiting to see how the script turns out and how the rest of his schedule will look come the time.
DreamWorks said of the film that:
”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...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.”
Here's the blurb of the book from Amazon:
"...irresistible tale of swashbuckling pirates in the New World -- a classic story of adventure and betrayal. Jamaica, in 1665 a lone outpost of British power amid Spanish waters in the sunbaked Caribbean. Its capital, Port Royal, a cuthroat town of taverns, grog shops and bawdy houses -- the last place imaginable from which to launch an unthinkable attack on a nearby Spanish stronghold. Yet that is exactly what renowned privateer Captain Charles Hunter plans to do, with the connivance of Charles II's ruling governor, Sir James Almont. The target is Matanceros, guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, and considered impregnable with its gun emplacements and sheer cliffs. Hunter's crew of buccaneers must battle not only the Spanish fleet but other deadly perils -- raging hurricanes, cannibal tribes, even sea monsters. But if his ragtag crew succeeds, they will make not only history ...but a fortune in gold."
”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.”
So it appears it's going ahead, and even the words from Spielberg and the comments about the film not clashing in tone or release with a new Pirates of the Caribbean film, suggest that he's lined up to do it, merely a bad script or bad timing would mean otherwise.
Considering their friendship you'd have to say he's directing. I mean why wouldn't he?