Hollywood’s next great franchise could be in the works. Michael Crichton’s dark version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is headed to the big screen. Per Deadline:
Amblin Entertainment is negotiating with Joachim Rønning to direct Micro, the final novel written by Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park and the screenwriter and director of 1973’s Westworld. Darren Lemke has written the script. Frank Marshall is producing and Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau are the executive producers. This has been a passion for Amblin’s Steven Spielberg and Michael Wright, who bought the book two years ago. The studio also owns the historical book Pirate Latitudes, also written by Crichton and discovered after he died.
Like Jurassic Park, the hope here is to launch another franchise with Micro, and the film will gear up for a fall shoot. The novel is a high-concept thriller that 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 rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids made it to three movies. They can get at least six movies out of this bad boy.