“Kon-Tiki” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” co-director Joachim Ronning is in negotiations to helm the film adaptation of “Jurassic Park” author and “Westworld” creator Michael Crichton’s final novel “Micro” for Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
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.
“Micro” was unfinished when Crichton passed away in 2008, leaving “Crisis in the Hot Zone” author Richard Preston to finish it. Published in 2011, it spent twenty weeks on the bestseller lists.
Amblin’s Steven Spielberg and Michael Wright scored the rights to the property two years ago and are said to be very keen to develop it. Darren Lemke has written the script while Frank Marshall is producing with filming to begin this Fall.