Steven Spielberg Developing ‘Micro’ Thriller From ‘Jurassic Park’ Author Michael Crichton
Last time Steven Spielberg developed a film based on a novel by Michael Crichton, we got Jurassic Park, one of the most awe-inspiring and thrilling films ever made. Spielberg is at it again, this time producing a new thriller based on Crichton’s novel Micro, which was published three years after the author’s death.
Via The Wrap, DreamWorks acquired the rights to Micro, with Jurassic Park’s Frank Marshall co-producing alongside Spielberg. Crichton passed away in 2008 before he could finish the novel, which was completed by author Richard Preston and published in 2011. Micro centers on a group of grad students who are hired by a mysterious biotech company based out of Hawaii. The students jump at the opportunity, but soon find themselves the subjects of a radical experiment in which they are shrunk down to miniature size and stranded in a rainforest, forced to work together to find a solution.
Spielberg expressed his delight in developing another Crichton property, adding, “For Michael, size did matter whether it was for Jurassic’s huge dinosaurs or Micro’s infinitely tiny humans.”
According to co-executive producer Sherri Crichton, Micro explores themes similar to those found in Jurassic Park:
Michael was exhilarated, passionate and invested in ‘Micro,’ a story he spent years researching and developing. It was yet another opportunity for him to explore the clash between science and nature, as seen through the eyes of relatable characters.
The project is currently in the development stage at DreamWorks, so it may be a few years yet before we see Micro hit the big screen.