Joachim Rønning To Direct Michael Crichton Thriller ‘Micro’ | Film News
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is arriving soon, but one of the co-directors already has their next project lined up. Joachim Rønning is in talks to help an adaptation of the posthumous Michael Crichton novel, Micro.
The story “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”.
The book came from an unfinished manuscript found on Crichton’s computer after his death in 2008, which led to Richard Preston completing the novel. Darren Lemke (Goosebumps) has written the script.
It’s likely no coincidence that the success of the Westworld series has led to a revived interest in Crichton adaptations, despite his books being adapted to film as early as the 70s.
There’s talk about Micro being intended as a franchise similar to Jurassic Park. Talk about aiming high. Whether audiences are as interested in lost grad students as they are in man-eating dinosaurs is yet to be determined, but time will tell.