Amblin Entertainment is in negotiations with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Rønning to helm the upcoming adaptation of Michael Crichton novel MICRO, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The novel was the last from the Jurassic Park author before he died in 2008.
The long-gestating project has been a passion project for Steven Spielberg and Michael Wright, who acquired the rights to the book two years ago. The high-concept thriller 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 rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. Think Honey, I Shrunk the Kids meets Land of the Lost but with more adult sci-fi flair.
Crichton died before he could finish Micro. The book was completed by author Richard Preston and was published in 2011. It spent 20 weeks on the bestseller list.
Once he officially signs on, Rønning will direct the script from Goosebumps scribe Darren Lemke. Frank Marshall is set to produce while Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau have signed on as executive producers.
In addition to helming the fifth installment of the blockbuster Pirates franchise, Rønning is also known for the adventure pic Kon-Tiki. On the TV side of things, he sat in the director’s chair for episodes of Netflix’s Marco Polo.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer