Aug 27th 2009 By Jeremy Taylor
In November, "The Pirate Latitudes," a historical novel by Michael Crichton, will be released posthumously. Not surprisingly, Hollywood is also interested in the late author's tale of buccaneers and Spanish galleons in 17th-century Jamaica, as movie adaptations of Crichton's books have earned more than $2 billion worldwide.
Our friends over at FilmDrunk are reporting that Steven Spielberg has now optioned the book
, perhaps in an effort to prevent "Hook" from being the extent of his pirate-film legacy.
In 1993, when Spielberg and Crichton got together on "Jurassic Park," it was a T-Rex financially ($357 million domestically, $914 million worldwide
), but was the dinosaur thriller even the best film adaptation of a Crichton novel?
From the Web:
If This Summer's Indies Were Blockbusters.
I Still Want Credit For My Internship at Jurassic Park.