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.