Dreamworks Studios has bought the film rights to the Michael Crichton adventure novel ‘Pirate Latitudes’ with the intention of having Stephen Spielberg direct a film version.

The novel was written by Crichton, the bestselling author of ‘Jurassic Park’, just before his death in November. David Koepp, who wrote the ‘Jurassic Park’ screenplay, will adapt the planned film, an action adventure set in the 1600s.

Koepp told the Hollywood Reporter: "Michael was a scrupulous researcher and one of the most innovative writers of our era. To have gotten to work with one of his novels was a privilege; to work with three seems like a dream."

Spielberg, who collaborated with Crichton on many occasions, said: "Michael Crichton was one of our greatest storytellers who expanded all of our imaginations with his books, films and television.

"With the 'ER' series (which Crichton launched with Spielberg) and 'Jurassic Park' series, I enjoyed one of the best collaborations of my career.

"Now with 'Pirate Latitudes,' I and all of us at DreamWorks have the chance to be excited about bringing this new Michael Crichton work to the screen."