Dreamworks Pictures Picks Up Michael Crichton's Micro

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With Jurassic World doing exceptionally well at the box office, other Michael Crichton properties are being eyed for adaptation. The latest is Micro, which Dreamworks Pictures optioned, with Frank Marshall set to produce.

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“Michael Crichton’s vast body of work has thrilled audiences around the world for decades, and it feels particularly poignant to be bringing his last published novel to DreamWorks,” said Michael Wright. “This is the perfect place to unite these two dynamic brands.”

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Crichton passed away in 2008 after a private battle with cancer. In addition to writing, he worked as a film director, where he directed such films as Westworld (soon to be released as an HBO series), as a screenwriter (Twister) and created television shows such as ER.

Micro was Crichton’s final novel, co-written by Richard Preston, who worked from the notes Crichton left behind. It followed a group of graduate students flown out to work for a mysterious biotech company, and end up shrunken down in the middle of a rain forest.

Many of Crichton’s novels have been adapted for film, such as Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Sphere, Terminal Man, Andromeda Strain, Timeline, and others. Crichton’s other posthumous novel, The Pirate Latitudes, was optioned by Dreamworks in 2009.

[Dreamworks, via Hollywood Reporter]

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Let me guess, a technological innovation that seems initially wonderful turns out to have horrifying, unintended consequences? I really enjoyed Crichton when I was a kid, but at a certain point the formula grew old, and I wondered what kind of message he was trying to send about science. It’s one thing to talk about raging dinosaurs or the unintended consequences of biological warfare, but some of his stories were really stretched the “don’t play god by trying to innovate!” message a bit too far. Which overall I wouldn’t mind, but I fear some people’s only takeaway from it is that they should fear technological innovation and science.