Yesterday we told you that JJ Abrams was producing another top-secret Cloverfield-sized film titled 500 Rads. In a post-Cloverfield/Star Trek world, JJ Abrams is working on a lot of different projects — not 24 hours later do we find out that the screenwriter turned filmmaker/producer is in talks to produce a movie adaptation of Micronauts. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Abrams is in discussions to bring the Japanese interchangeable toys to the big screen, with the help of Hasbro, who just acquired the property.
First released in Japan in 1974, the toys were later imported to the U.S. in 1976. The line consisted of 3.75-inch tall action figures, vehicles, robots, play sets, and accessories which used a universal, five millimeter inter-connective design. It should also be mentioned that a series of Micronauts comic books were published by Marvel Comics and Image Comics. The original series was written by Bill Mantlo and featured art by Michael Golden, Howard Chaykin, Pat Broderick, Gil Kane, Butch Guice and others.
According to the comic book created storyline, the Micronauts originate in the Microverse, “a microscopic series of diverse habitats that are linked together in the fashion of molecule chains. The original team comes together in response to the threat posed by former academic and now murderous dictator, Baron Karza. Commander Arcturus Rann (returning from a thousand-year deep space voyage in suspended animation) and Biotron, his robot co-pilot, return on the HMS (Homeworld Micro Ship) Endeavor, to discover Karza has slain the royal family, who are in fact Rann’s parents. What follows is an epic war across the Microverse: Rann and his allies against Karza.”