Steven Spielberg’s Aboard for ‘Pirates Latitude’

Great idea Spielberg, chalk another movie up on your ever-expanding list. He's all aboard to direct the movie version of Michael Crichton's novel Pirates Latitude about piracy in Jamaica in the 17th century. The book isn't even out yet (it's released in November), but like Ron Howard with Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series, he's already set to film it. Crichton is the guy who wrote The Lost
World and Jurassic Park, both of which Spielberg directed movie versions of the novels. So it comes as no surprise that he jumped at the opportunity to make this one. He's hired David Koepp, the screenwriter of both Lost World and Jurassic, to pen the script. Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks partner Stacey Snider said to USA Today that "Anything that Michael wrote, Steven would be keenly interested to read. But without Michael knowing it, or even me knowing it, it turns out Steven always wanted to direct his own pirate film."

At this point with Spielberg, I want his Abraham Lincoln biopic already. I would be happy if he looked at his résumé and noticed the recent crap he's done and think about the future of his career over long and hard. The last Indiana Jones flick proved to me that both he and George Lucas are all washed up. I don't get as excited for either of their movies like I used to. But we'll see how this all plays out. Maybe William H. Macy or Jeff Goldblum will be strapping on an eye patch soon.

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