DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to “Micro,” a novel from the author of “Jurassic Park” Michael Crichton. The film adaptation will be the latest feature developed from Crichton’s work, which includes “Congo,” “Sphere,” “Disclosure” and “The Andromeda Strain.” News of the acquisition was announced earlier today by DreamWorks CEO Michael Wright.
In the story a team of graduate students are hired by a biotech company located in Hawaii. Soon the team is shrunk-down and left to explore the surrounding rainforest, where they will have to survive the elements and all of the creatures lurking within.
Producing “Micro” for Dreamworks are Frank Marshall and Sherri Crichton. Laurent Bouzereau will executive produce the project.
The novel is a bit of a tragic story onto itself, the original author passed away before finishing the work. Author Richard Preston completed the novel and it was then published by HarperCollins in 2011.
“We are so pleased to have this opportunity to develop ‘Micro,’” said Steven Spielberg. “For Michael, size did matter whether it was for ‘Jurassic’s’ huge dinosaurs or ‘Micro’s’ infinitely tiny humans.”
“Michael Crichton’s vast body of work has thrilled audiences around the world for decades, and it feels particularly poignant to be bringing his last published novel to DreamWorks,” said Wright. “This is the perfect place to unite these two dynamic brands.”
“Michael was exhilarated, passionate and invested in ‘Micro,’ a story he spent years researching and developing,” said Sherri Crichton. “It was yet another opportunity for him to explore the clash between science and nature, as seen through the eyes of relatable characters. Michael also wrote in cinematic terms and would be so pleased to see ‘Micro’ come to life on the big screen at DreamWorks.”