Robots are pretty hot in Hollywood right now. The Transformers franchise raked in something like 800 kajillion bucks worldwide, the boxing automatons in Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel are currently cleaning up at the box office, and a Voltron film has been in development for years. Now uber-producer/director/writer/master of the lens flare, JJ Abrams is looking to make some cybernetic scratch with a film adaptation of an old 1970’s toy line called The Micronauts.
If you aren’t familiar with the Micronauts, they were a pretty awesome series of robotic, die-cast metal action figures and playsets that had interchangeable parts with generic names like “Time-Traveler” and “Galactic Protector.” They battled a Darth Vader like baddie known as Baron Karza, and the entire line was a pretty big deal for kids in the late 1970’s. One of the things that led to the line’s short shelf-life was the lack of an animated series or movie to fill in the backstory of the characters or the universe they inhabited. A Marvel Comics series was launched and was fairly successful, but it only used a couple of the Micronauts from the toy line and didn’t really have anything to do with robots.
It’s unclear right now whether Abrams’ adaptation will feature concepts and characters from the Marvel Comics series, or go in an all-new direction, but Hasbro and Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has tapped Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to pen the script. The duo also wrote the screenplay for G.I. Joe 2 and the long-in-development Deadpool for FOX. No director is attached yet, but If Abrams decides to do it himself, I hope he sticks to the toy line’s shiny chrome aesthetic. The sheer amount of lens flares off of that reflective metal would be so intense , the entire screen would go white and blind everyone in the audience.
What’s next, Brett Ratner’s Go-Bots?