The final novel from the author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain is getting the big screen treatment.
According to a new press release (via IGN), the 2011 novel Micro written by Michael Crichton and science writer Richard Preston will be adapted into a feature film by the same team that helped bring Jurassic Park to theaters back in 1993. Coming from Dreamworks, Micro will be produced by Frank Marshall (Raiders of the Lost Ark), with Crichton’s widow Sherri and Laurent Bouzereau also onboard as executive producers on behalf of CrichtonSun, LLC.
Like many of Crichton’s novels, the story of Micro concerns the darker side of science, and ways in which it’s exploited to the peril of people. The official synopsis for the book reads,
In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
Although Crichton died in 2008 after a battle with lymphoma, his untitled and unfinished manuscript was recovered from his computer, and science writer Richard Preston was tasked with completing the book based on Crichton’s research and notes. It’s the last published work to carry the late author’s name, and the second novel of his to be published posthumously. In the press release, Steven Spielberg gave a statement saying,
We are so pleased to have this opportunity to develop Micro. For Michael, size did matter whether it was for Jurassic’s huge dinosaurs or Micro’s infinitely tiny humans.
No other details are currently known about the production, including who will adapt the novel for the screen, or who might come aboard as a director. The most recent film based on concepts initially created by Crichton was Jurassic World, which has gone on to become the highest grossing film of the year thus far. For more on this project as it develops further, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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