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08.27.09 26 Comments

Steven Spielberg, who once rocked the world’s nuts off with dinosaurs and Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, has optioned another Michael Crichton property, his unfinished, posthumously published pirate novel, Pirate Latitudes, “an adventure story set off the coast of Jamaica in 1665.” 

Spielberg plans to produce and is considering directing. DreamWorks Studios describes the novel as the story of “a daring plan to infiltrate Port Royal, one of the world’s richest and most notorious cities, and raid a Spanish galleon filled with treasure.”

[Dreamworks CEO Stacy] Snider says [Pirate Latitudes and Pirates of the Caribbean] won’t clash because Pirate Latitudes will be more grounded in reality, as opposed to the supernatural fantasy of the Disney films. [USA Today]

What, no dancing ghosts and Johnny Depp in makeup?  How could such a pirate movie possibly hope to entertain me?  Anyway, no word yet on possible casting, but upon hearing the news, Matthew McConnaughey coughed up some bong smoke and said, “A galleon filled with treasure?  Say man, I like the sound a that,” then zoned out for a while and played the bongos.

I’m attaching this solely for the laugh from the 10 – 17 second mark.

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