Paramount's Micronauts film has found a director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, How to Train Your Dragon filmmaker Dean DeBlois will write and direct the upcoming project, which is based on the Hasbro toy line of the same name. Unlike How to Train Your Dragon, though, Micronauts is slated to be a live-action movie.
The story will reportedly follow a group of intergalactic explorers. Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Greg Mooradian will produce the film through Hasbro's film division AllSpark Pictures. The movie was recently pushed back from a 2020 release date to 2021.
Released in 1974 in Japan as Micromen, the classic toy line was imported to the United States two years later by the Mego Corporation and renamed Micronauts. Marvel began publishing licensed Micronauts comics in 1979, fleshing out the story of the microscopic Microverse and a team brought together to oppose the dictator Baron Karza. The initial Marvel series ended in 1984, followed by reprints, a miniseries and a second volume that ran from 1984 to 1986. The property has been resurrected in comics form by Image Comics, Devil’s Due Publishing and IDW Publishing.
Plans for a Micronauts live-action film dates back at least to 2009, but picked up steam in 2015 with the hiring of a new writer. That was quickly followed by the announcement of plans by Hasbro and Paramount to launch an interconnected movie universe that unites Micronauts with other toy properties G.I. Joe, Visionairies, M.A.S.K. and ROM. However, that interconnected universe has yet to materialize.
Written and directed by How to Train Your Dragon's Dean DeBlois, Micronauts is scheduled for release on June 4, 2021.