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DreamWorks acquires Michael Crichton's 'Pirate Latitudes' for Steven Spielberg

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DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to late author Michael Crichton’s as-yet-unpublished final novel, Pirate Latitudes, as a vehicle for Steven Spielberg to produce and possibly direct, Variety reports. The book, which will be published by HarperCollins on Nov. 24, is a historical adventure set in the 17th century about pirates’ scheme to raid a treasure-filled Spanish galleon in Port Royal, Jamaica. Spielberg–who adapted the Crichton novels Jurassic Park and The Lost World for the big screen–is set to direct a remake of the film Harvey, about a man who befriends a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit, as his next project.  David Koepp will write the screenplay for Pirate Latitudes.