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He's remembered mainly for his novels, but bestselling author Michael Crichton had an equally impressive film and TV career. Although the Jurassic Park writer died of throat cancer last year, his Hollywood legacy is still going strong.
A new Crichton book, completed but unpublished before his death, is already sparking interest from film producers. Called Pirate Latitudes, the novel is a high-seas adventure set in 17th century Jamaica, where a "notorious pirate" and a corrupt politician plot to steal treasure from a Spanish galleon. The novel will be released this November, and given the recent popularity of pirates in Hollywood, we expect the turnaround time between book and movie to be very quick.
At least three other Michael Crichton films are also lingering in the pipeline: his novels Next (a fictional expose on scary genetic research), Airframe (an investigation into a mysterious airplane crash), and Prey (a horror story about killer nano-robots) have all reportedly been optioned.
Between 1971 and 2008, Crichton's film projects covered an impressive range of genres, including science fiction (The Andromeda Strain, Sphere) Western (Westworld, The Great Train Robbery), adventure (Jurassic Park, Congo), action (Rising Sun, The 13th Warrior), disaster (Twister) and legal thriller (Disclosure). Crichton also wrote a screenplay for a medical drama, set to be directed by Steven Spielberg -- but when Spielberg dropped the project, it became the TV show E.R. instead.
Pirate Latitudes would be the author's first period piece -- very interesting, considering Crichton's ever-present interest in science and technology. Will the rogue pirate be doing secret genetic experiments on monkeys?
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