Amblin’s New Michael Crichton Movie Is Basically HONEY, I SHRUNK THE NERDS

And now it's got writers.

According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is getting back into the Michael Crichton business, and they've just hired two writers to make it happen: Neil Widener and Gavin James will pen an adaptation of Crichton's Micro, the 2011 novel published several years after the author's death (Fun Fact: The Hot Zone's Richard Preston finished Crichton's manuscript).

Maybe you're unfamiliar with Micro. Turns out I was: for whatever reason, I thought this was a book about nano-bots terrorizing a government facility or something, but sounds like that's not the case. Says Deadline:

"High-concept thriller novel Micro 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 rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them."

So, it's a shrinking movie. A bunch of nerds go to Hawaii, get zapped down to tiny versions of their former selves (a quick glance at Wikipedia tells me this happens via a "tensor generator, a machine that uses extreme magnetic fields to shrink anything"), and are then forced to navigate a hostile environment in order to stay alive. That sounds pretty cool, I guess.

As of this writing, the project doesn't have a director attached, but Deadline notes that it's something of a passion project for Spielberg. Maybe he'll tackle it himself once he's done with the fifteen bajillion other movies he's currently working on. Maybe he'll farm it out to an up-and-comer. Maybe he'll inexplicably hand it over to Michael Bay (real talk: would watch the shit out of a Michael Bay movie involving miniaturized scientists traipsing through a rainforest). There's just no telling.

Anyway, we'll keep you informed as further updates roll in on this one. In the meantime: if you need me, I'll be over here waiting for a big-screen version of Sphere that doesn't suck.

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