Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick Writing 'Micronauts' Movie for Bad Robot
Another Hasbro toyline is getting a movie and it's not more Transformers thankfully. Deadline reports that Paramount recently made a deal with Hasbro to adapt the Micronauts toys into a feature film, and J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot is going to produce. Additionally, they've hired Zombieland writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, who have been moving up quickly in Hollywood with screenwriting work like Deadpool, Cowboy Ninja Viking and G.I. Joe 2, to pen the screenplay. We first heard about this in 2009, but this is the only update since. The people involved make this sound much too interesting to just shrug off, I'm curious.
First released in Japan in 1974, the toys (under the original name Microman) were imported to the US by Mego Corp. in 1976. The line consisted of 3.75-inch tall toys, featuring figures, vehicles, and robots, which used a universal, five millimeter inter-connective design. Mego canceled the line in 1980. In 2002, Palisades Toys bought the rights to reproduce them and Hasbro announced a few years ago that they're bringing back the toyline. Marvel has also published a Micronauts comic, the first issue appearing in 1979. There's no word on how exactly they'll adapt this or which characters they'll be using for it, but we'll keep you updated.