MICRONAUTS Script to be Penned by ZOMBIELAND Scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese

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Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese Micronauts movie slice

When one line of robot toys being turned into a massively successful movie franchise isn’t enough, it’s good to have a contingency plan.  Luckily for Hasbro, their Micronauts toy line will now undergo the film treatment through Paramount with J.J. Abrams producing.  Penning the script for this endeavor will be Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the team behind Zombieland. The project was listed as a priority during Hasbro’s third-quarter earnings conference, so it’s no surprise that the high-profile writing team of Wernick and Reese got the job.  Hit the jump for more on Micronauts.

News of Wernick and Reese’s latest project comes by way of Deadline and is only the most recent in what’s been a busy year for the duo. They’ve recently handed in treatments for G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, currently under production with director John Chu and stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki and Bruce Willis. The team has also handled X-Men spin-off Deadpool for Fox and the adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking for Disney.

Micronauts were an American name for line of toys that originated in Japan in the late 1970s. The toys were sold as individual figures that had interchangeable parts. They were short-lived, though the franchise experienced two resurrections in the 2000s. Apparently the Micronauts are simply a toy line and have no overarching story from which to draw inspiration for a script. Wernick and Reese will have their work cut out for them. You can see that this project has been on the table for some time, as our Matt Goldberg sums all he (or I) knows about Micronauts, the toy line.



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  • dogg

    Now we’re talking. The larger Micronauts kits took serious engineering skills, similar to erector sets. They were what the smart kids played with. And we’ll never see their like again, since they bristled with fireable missiles and tiny parts that would never make it past today’s government nanny state.

    Would be nice if some of that vibe made it into the movie.

  • Allen

    The Micronauts had an awesome comic book series at Marvel in early ’80s.


    • aaronsullivan

      Loved the artwork in those comics and it’s what gives me hope for the movies. Also had the toys, and the big hornet-oid was awesome as was that white space fighter thing that came apart into several pieces. The larger figures that went between humanoid and centaur via magnets were cool, too.

      It was all very Star Wars influenced (including the comics), but had a cool factor that JJ Abrams must remember, because all I ever see are the particularly cheesy and ugly series of the toy shown in this article and others.

      Also, they are small in our world, so if you think of it as Star Wars meets Honey I shrunk the kids, but serious. That could be what the group is going for. Just a guess.

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  • cybrfarmr

    The article claims that there was no “overarching story from which to draw inspiration”. I disagree.
    Having collected the comic series as a kid, I think there is considerable material from which to draw plots together for several movies (should the first one be successful), as the comic series was pretty epic…..more or less a comic book Iliad of sorts.
    Seems to me that Dave Trumbore didn’t do much research into the Micronauts beyond the early line of toys. Too bad.
    Hope the film does well !
    I, for one, will be looking forward to it!

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