Eight years after his death, Michael Crichton’s body of work continues to grow. National Geographic Channel today announced that it is developing a limited series based on the author, screenwriter, director and producer’s “Dragon Teeth” manuscript, which will soon be published as a novel.
Bruce C. McKenna and Graham Yost will adapt “Dragon Teeth” for the series. Amblin TV is behind the project, along with Sony Pictures TV. Amblin and Crichton were previously behind “Jurassic Park” and “ER.”
Crichton’s wife Sheri found the book in her husband’s archives and “immediately identified it as ‘Pure Crichton,'” according to a statement.
Here’s the official synopsis: “‘Dragon Teeth’ follows the notorious rivalry between real-life paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during a time of intense fossil speculation and discovery. The story unfolds through the adventures of a young fictional character named William Johnson who is apprenticed first to one, then to the other, and not only makes discoveries of historical proportion, but transforms into an inspiring hero only Crichton could have imagined. Known for his meticulous research, Crichton uses Marsh and Copes’s heated competition during the ‘Bone Wars,’ the golden age of American fossil hunting, as the basis for a thrilling story set in the wilds of the American West in 1878.”
“I am delighted to have found the perfect home for Dragon Teeth at Nat Geo,” said Sherri Crichton in the same statement. “’Dragon Teeth’ was a very important book for Michael and is another example of his immense talent and versatility as a writer and his appreciation and understanding of a great page in the history of paleontology.”