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Pirate Latitudes 'will sail on to big screen'

25th November 2009

Michael Crichton's posthumously-published novel should find the jump to the silver screen an easy one, according to one reviewer.

Writing in the Washington Post, 'Book World' fiction editor Ron Charles claimed that Pirate Latitudes has all the elements needed to make it a successful film, after the rights to the novel were acquired by Steven Spielberg.

'This hilariously exciting book already reads like a film treatment, jumping from one cinematic, doom-filled episode to the next as it cuts its bloody way through the encyclopaedia of piracy from "Ahoy" to "Yo-ho-ho",' Charles explained.

The reviewer also pointed out that the novel's seemingly-indestructible hero, Charles Hunter, comes across as a mix of Johnny Depp and Daniel Craig, while the plot is a Great Train Robbery-style adventure decorated with historical facts.

On top of this is a Hollywood-friendly romance between Hunter and Lady Sarah Almont, which sees them bicker their way through much of the story.

Last week, production company Bonaventura Pictures revealed that it will adapt Michael Scott's The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel novels for the big screen, in a bid to follow the success of the Harry Potter films.

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