DreamWorks Acquires Rights to Michael Crichton's Novel Micro

Posted on July 2, 2015

Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to Michael Crichton's novel, Micro. The novel was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed away in 2008. It was completed by Richard Preston and published by HarperCollins in 2011.

The novel was a bestseller and spend over 20 weeks on the New York Times list in hardcover and paperback. The acquisition comes as Jurassic World is devouring the box office. There are no dinosaurs in Micro but there are monsters. Ordinary creatures, such as insects, become monsters as humans are miniaturized and tossed into the rain forest in Hawaii.

Steven Spielberg says in a statement, "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."

Frank Marshall is set to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC. The announcement was made by DreamWorks CEO Michael Wright.

Sherri Crichton says in a statement, "Michael was exhilarated, passionate and invested in Micro, a story he spent years researching and developing. It was yet another opportunity for him to explore the clash between science and nature, as seen through the eyes of relatable characters. Michael also wrote in cinematic terms and would be so pleased to see Micro come to life on the big screen at DreamWorks."

Photo: HarperCollins