DreamWorks Studios, a 50:50 joint venture between Steven Spielberg and Anil Ambani, has announced its first three movies, Pirate Latitudes, I am Number 4, and Harvey. Pirate Latitudes will be based on Michael Crighton’s novel of the same name. It is likely that Steven Spielberg will direct screen writer David Koepp’s adaptation of the book.
Steven Spielberg and David Koepp have earlier worked together on Michael Crighton’s Jurassic Park and The Lost World.
Pirate Latitudes will be published posthumously by Harper Collins on November 24, 2009.
Set in 1665 in Jamaica, the book revolves around Captain Edward Hunter who, along with a band of ruffians, plans to raid the impregnable Spanish galleon El Trinidad, said to be filled with Spanish Gold.
The second movie, I am Number 4 is an adaption by Al Gough and Miles Millar (Spider-Man2, Shanghai Noon) of the bestselling novel A Million Pieces.
Reports say that Michael Bay (Transformers), who is also the producer, is in talks to direct the flick.
I Am Number 4 is about nine aliens who run away from their planet after its destruction and disguise themselves as teenagers on Earth.
Number 4 realizes that he is still being hunted by the enemy species that destroyed his planet.
Dreamworks’ third film, Harvey, will be directed by Steven Spielberg after he wraps up The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
Harvey is based on Mary Chase’s play of the same name, that won her the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1944.
Harvey is about eccentric Elwood P. Dowd who drives his family round the bend with his stories about his imaginary friend, Harvey, a 6′ 3.5”-inch rabbit.
Steven Spielberg is currently working on 3-D movie Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn that will be released in 2011. The 3-D Tintin movie is planned as a trilogy with Steven Spielberg, directing the first one, and Peter Jackson directing the second.
The movie will use performance capture technology to combine animation with real-life characters. Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish.
The movie will star Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, Daniel Craig as Red Rackham, and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thomson and Thomson.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is a 3-D movie using performance capture technology that combines animation with real characters.