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Crichton departs CAA to join AMG

Scribe's newest work nearly complete

Author-producer Michael Crichton has ankled CAA in favor of Artists Management Group, where he will be represented by Mike Ovitz, effective immediately. This comes at a particularly propitious time for AMG, since the prolific scribe is getting ready to hand in his newest work, “Timeline,” to his Gotham lit agents Janklow/Nesbit.

Few details are available about the book, which is reported to be an adventure story. “Timeline” is skedded to be published by Knopf next summer.

AMG recently acquired lit boutique agency Renaissance/Irving Paul Lazar/ H.N. Swanson, and it is assumed that the outfit’s former principals will be involved in selling the new title to studios.

CAA’s Bob Bookman, who has been handling the author so far, could not be reached for comment.

Among Crichton’s recent book-to-film endeavors are the WB/U adventure pic “Twister,” Disney’s “Air-frame” and the just-released Antonio Banderas’ Viking pic “The 13th Warrior,” based on the scribe’s book “Eaters of the Dead.”