Spielberg Dealing With Pirates

USA Today share with us that Stephen Spielberg will be adapting Michael Crichton’s last novel Pirate Latitudes.

Steven Spielberg is developing a film out of a posthumously published novel by the late Michael CrichtonPirate Latitudes, an adventure story set off the coast of Jamaica in 1665.

Screenwriter David Koepp, who adapted Crichton’s novels for Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, also has signed on to create the script. Spielberg plans to produce and is considering directing.

DreamWorks Studios describes the novel, set for release Nov. 24, as the story of “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,” says Stacey Snider, Spielberg’s partner in DreamWorks and the company’s co-chair and CEO.

While I think it’s great that Spielberg is adapting Crichton again and Jurassic Park was visually stunning, I’m not a real big fan of David Koepp. His scripts always seem flat and lacking to the point that they need visual effects to liven it up a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love Carlito’s Way, Toy Soldiers and even The Shadow, but even I’m man enough to say that those movies needed a little more effort. Koepp’s last two adaptations of Crichton really don’t stand with the movies themselves. They don’t feel like all around films. Unless they’ve got a reasonable CG budget, I have my doubts about the movie.

For now.

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