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Spielberg buys Crichton's Pirates

Steven Spielberg
Spielberg is currently working on a Tintin film

Director Steven Spielberg has acquired the film rights to Michael Crichton's final novel, Pirate Latitudes.

The Oscar-winner is set to produce and possibly direct the adventure film, set in 17th Century Jamaica.

Spielberg previously directed Crichton's Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and also collaborated on long-running medical drama ER.

Pirate Latitudes is set to be published on 24 November. The author died last November of cancer aged 66.

The novel, which takes place in 1665, is about 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.

"Michael Crichton was one of our greatest storytellers who expanded all of our imaginations with his books, films, and television," Spielberg said.

"With the ER and Jurassic Park series, I enjoyed one of the best collaborations of my career. Now with Pirate Latitudes, I have the chance to be excited about bringing this new Michael Crichton work to the screen."

David Koepp, who wrote the film versions of Crichton's dinosaur novels, has also signed on to adapt the book.

Spielberg is currently finishing production on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn before beginning his next project, a remake of Harvey.

As well as Jurassic Park, Crichton also penned books like Congo and Disclosure, all of which were adapted into films.

His novels have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.



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