DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel “Micro,” with Frank Marshall attached to produce.
The high-concept thriller 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 rain forest with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau are set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.
“Micro” was unfinished when Michael Crichton died in 2008, then was later completed by author Richard Preston and published by HarperCollins in 2011. It was a New York Times bestseller and spent more than 20 weeks combined on the list in hardcover and paperback.
DreamWorks and Crichton have a special connection going back more than 20 years to when co-founder Steven Spielberg first adapted Crichton’s “Jurassic Park” and turned it into a worldwide phenomenon.
“We are so pleased to have this opportunity to develop ‘Micro,’” said Spielberg. “For Michael, size did matter, whether it was for ‘Jurassic’s’ huge dinosaurs or ‘Micro’s’ infinitely tiny humans.”
In 2009 DreamWorks Studios acquired the rights to another posthumously published Crichton novel, “Pirate Latitudes.”
“Michael Crichton’s vast body of work has thrilled audiences around the world for decades, and it feels particularly poignant to be bringing his last published novel to DreamWorks,” said DreamWorks CEO Michael Wright. “This is the perfect place to unite these two dynamic brands.”
ICM Partners and Michael S. Sherman of law firm Reed Smith represented CrichtonSun LLC in negotiating the deal.