After mostly positive reactions from last week's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Cinemacon preview, co-director Joachim Rønning is officially on a roll. He just wrapped Doomsday, a pilot drama for ABC, he's slated to helm Warner Bros' Methuselah starring Tom Cruise, and now we're learning that Rønning is in talks to direct Micro, Michael Crichton's final novel, for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.
Crichton left Micro unfinished before dying in 2008, but the techno-thriller was later completed by author Richard Preston (Crisis in the Hot Zone), and published by Harper Collins. Like many a Crichton offering (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Rising Sun, Congo, The Andromeda Strain ...), it spent ample time on the bestseller list. And like Crichton's most successful adaptation, Amblin hopes to get a franchise out of it. Though Frank Marshall, Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau are technically the film's executive producers, Deadline says it's "a passion" for Spielberg.
According to Deadline, "The novel is a high-concept thriller that follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company — only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them." So like a more intense version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, presumably without Rick Moranis.
Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer, Goosebumps, Lost) has already written the script, which Amblin hopes to begin shooting from this fall. Universal is taking on distribution.
Before working on Pirates together, Rønning and partner Espen Sandberg also directed Kon-Tiki, which garnered an Oscar nom for Best Foreign Language Film back in 2013. Sandberg will be sitting Micro out, though.
What do you think about Micro? Are you excited about another Crichton high-concept adaptation? Would you be more excited if Rick Moranis was attached? Let us know!