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Only hours after the decades-old property was mentioned in a Hasbro conference call to investors, Deadline reports Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been tasked with translating the Micronauts for the big screen.
J.J. Abrams, who began circling the project in 2009, will direct the sci-fi action film for Paramount Pictures. Bad Robot’s Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce, along with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir.
Released in 1974 in Japan as Micromen, the toy line was imported to the United States two years later by the Mego Corporation and renamed “Micronauts.” Marvel began publishing licensed Micronauts comics in 1979, fleshing out the story of the microscopic Microverse and a team brought together to oppose the dictator Baron Karza. The initial Marvel series ended in 1984, followed by reprints, a miniseries, and a second volume that ran from 1984 to 1986. Image Comics and Devil’s Due Publishing each briefly resurrected the comics license in the early 2000s.
Wernick and Reese have been on a roll since 2009’s Zombieland, writing G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, Deadpool and Disney’s planned adaptation of the comic Cowboy Ninja Viking.