Michael Crichton & James Patterson Volcano Novel ‘Eruption’ Auction Today; Read Sherri Crichton Letter On Book’s Long Road

EXCLUSIVE: Back in the day, Michael Crichton novels would enter the movie auction marketplace and routinely sell for more money than commercial fiction by any other author. Usually within a day or two. That hasn’t happened in a good long time, but today it might. The book is Eruption, a big scale disaster novel tale that Crichton spent 20 years working on before his untimely death. The novel just went out to studios and other major buyers, and Deadline can share a letter from Crichton’s widow Sherri about the machinations, and why she sought out Patterson to complete the novel. It’s expected to be a big sale, continuing the legacy of the brilliant author behind everything from Jurassic Park, Westworld, Twister, ER and so many others.

Read the full letter below.

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