micronauts movie director

Dean DeBlois is making the move from lovable animated dragons to tiny superheroes. The How to Train Your Dragon filmmaker has been tapped to be the Micronauts movie director, helming and writing the live-action sci-fi movie based on the popular 1970s kids’ toys that spawned a Marvel comic.

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Micronauts animated series

The Micronauts are coming to Earth.

An animated series adaptation of the space toy line is being developed by Hasbro Studios, for a 2019 release. Micronauts was a popular line of sci-fi toys from the 1970s, itself based on the Japanese Microman cyborg toys. And as was the case with many ’70s and ’80s toys, Micronauts eventually became a comic book series, first published by Marvel in 1979. But amazingly, Micronauts was one of the few mecha toys that never got its own cheesy ’80s animated series — which may be the reason that news of a TV adaptation is the first times that many people (including me) are hearing about these toys.

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hasbro cinematic universe

Late last year, we first learned about plans for a “Hasbro Cinematic Universe” that would unite the G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, and ROM characters in a shared on-screen world. At the time, this news filled me with dread. Not because I bear any ill will toward these characters, but because it sounded like a desperate attempt to ape the Marvel studios model. A Hasbro Cinematic Universe? Really?

And while I will keep an eyebrow raised in skeptical protest for the time being, the people who have been recruited into this project’s “writers room” only inspire confidence. If you’re going to do something as batty as this, you might as well hire a collection some of the most interesting writers working today. Seriously: there’s a Pulitzer Prize winner now attached to the Hasbro Cinematic Universe.

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GI Joe Writers Room

Some fans of both the Transformers and G.I. Joe film franchises based on the Hasbro toy lines of the same name have been interested in seeing the two worlds collide in a crossover movie. As perfect as that would be, it doesn’t sound like it’s in the cards. However, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro have some other plans to create a shared universe for a few toy-based franchises.

The established franchise of G.I. Joe will soon have a shared universe created that will include four other Hasbro toy brands: Micronauts, Visionairies, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM. More details below! Read More »

GI Joe Writers Room

In an effort to reinvigorate the Transformers franchise, this year Paramount Pictures set writer Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room comprised of about a dozen writers. The result was a roster of at least three sequels that will keep Transformers movies hitting theaters at different points throughout the next 10 years. Now the studio seems keen on using that model to help give new life to the G.I. Joe franchise, not to mention kicking off a hopeful franchise adapting the action figures known as Micronauts.

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Dora the Explorer live-action movie

Remember in 2012, when College Humor released a parody trailer for a Dora the Explorer live-action movie and we all had a good laugh about how ridiculous that idea was? Well, we’re not saying Paramount gets its ideas from College Humor parody trailers, but we’re not not saying that either. The studio has put into development a real Dora the Explorer live-action movie, with Puss in Boots scribe Tom Wheeler set to write.

While you let that sink in, Wheeler has also been set to pen the next draft of Paramount’s Micronauts, another live-action feature based on a kiddie property — in this case, a Hasbro toy line. More on the Micronauts and Dora the Explorer live-action movie projects after the jump.  Read More »

Channing Tatum Dwayne Johnson GI Joe

In the months between its first planned release date and now, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been surrounded by a ton of questions. What was the fate of Channing Tatum‘s character, Duke? Was the film delayed for reasons other than a 3D conversion? How would director Jon M. Chu handle his first massive, effects-filled blockbuster? Most of those questions get answered the second you sit down to see the movie. For the rest, we turned to the guys who had all the ideas first: writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Reese and Wernick, best known for Zombieland and definitely not pictured above, first pitched Paramount their take on a G.I. Joe sequel several years ago and have since had to rewrite the film to feature multiple different main characters and incorporate whole new storylines. We talked all about that, as well as what it’s like to jump into an existing franchise, that amazing mountain ninja scene, how Michael Bay changed the movie as well as Destro’s fate. Plus, we talked Deadpool, Zombieland, Cowboy Ninja Viking, and Micronauts which they’re developing with J.J. Abrams.

It’s a revealing interview, which you can read below. Read More »

They broke out with Zombieland, penned a sequel to G.I. Joe, have a superhero script under their belt as well as a possible directing gig and now Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are going to write about giant toy robots. Deadline reports the duo will write a script for Micronauts, a Hasbro-owned toy brand that blends robots with interchangeable parts. Think Transformers but with Legos or Erector sets. J.J. Abrams has been flirting with producing a film in this world since 2009 and now he’ll do just that, with Paramount at his side. Read more about the Micronauts after the jump. Read More »

What is JJ Abrams’ Next Mystery Project?


Mad speculation time.

We’ve known that Paramount would be making new Star Trek and Mission: Impossible movies at some point, and that JJ Abrams, director of the last installment in each franchise, would likely be involved as producer, though possibly not as director. We also knew that the studio had picked up a couple of other options for Abrams to produce and possibly direct. Now a cryptic statement by Paramount chief Brad Grey suggests that the next film for Abrams will indeed not be Trek or M:I, but something else altogether. Read More »

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JJ Abrams to Produce Micronauts?

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.

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