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.