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There's a chance that you may never have read a novel written by Michael Crichton, but there's almost a certainty that you've seen the movie of his most beloved and popular book: Jurassic Park. Though there are certainly differences from page to screen, Jurassic Park is one of the greatest movies ever, so when we hear that one of the author's last books is getting adapted into a film, yeah, we pay attention. Joachim Rønning, one of the directors of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is up to helm Crichton's novel, Micro.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joachim Rønning is in negotiations to direct Amblin Entertainment's adaptation of Michael Crichton's last novel, Micro. Frank Marshall (Jurassic Park, Jurassic World) is already on board to produce. Darren Lemke (Goosebumps, Jack the Giant Slayer, Shrek Forever After) has written the screenplay.
Micro follows the story of a group of graduate students who are lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company, only for them to be shrunk down and abandoned in the rain forest. With no weapons to defend themselves, the students must use their scientific knowledge to survive and find a way back to normal size. So it's a deadlier adult version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? Sold! Crichton's usual themes of corporate greed and the power of nature and technology are all present as well.
Micro was published posthumously after Michael Crichton's death in 2008. The unfinished novel was found on Crichton's computer, as well as his notes and research. Richard Preston was brought in to finish the work based on these notes, and it was officially published in 2011.
In addition to writing Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, Michael Crichton was also a screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed something called (checks notes) Westworld, a 1973 sci-fi western hybrid about amusement park androids rising up against their human creators. This film was later adapted into an HBO series called (checks notes again) Westworld, which garnered a storm of critical acclaim last year.
It's not confirmed that Joachim Rønning will definitely direct the adaptation, but it seems to be a good fit for him. The buzz around Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has so far been largely positive, with critics saying that it's an adventure film that harkens back to the spirit of the first Pirates movie. That adventurous spirit will definitely come in useful for Micro, which, like Jurassic Park, has as much potential to wonder as it does to terrify.
Crichton has a pretty good Hollywood track record, so here's hoping that Micro keeps the streak going. The film does not have a release date, but stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.