'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Director Joachim Rønning Bringing Michael Crichton’s Final Novel 'Micro' To The Big Screen

Fresh off a very good reception at CinemaCon with his co-directed feature “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Joachim Rønning is in negotiations to direct an adaptation of “Jurassic Park” author Michael Crichton’s posthumously published novel “Micro.”

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As Deadline reports, the novel, unfinished at the time of Crichton’s death and subsequently completed by author Richard Preston, is something of a pet project for Steven Spielberg and Amblin CEO Michael Wright. The story 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.” Kinda sounds like a variation on “Fantastic Voyage.”

If the deal goes through, this will be the first time that Rønning has directed a feature solo, as his previous features “Max Manus: Man Of War,” “Kon-Tiki,” and even ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ have all been co-directed by Espen Sandberg. Darren Lemke, who previously wrote “Goosebumps,” “Jack The Giant Slayer,” and “Turbo,” will pen the script for this one. We’ll see where this lands on Rønning’s schedule as he has a few other things on his plate, including the biblical epic “Methuselah” starring Tom Cruise.