'Micronauts' Live-Action Movie Finds a New Writer

"Puss in Boots" screenwriter Tom Wheeler has been recruited to give a boost to "Micronauts," the long-brewing live-action film based on the classic Hasbro toy line.

Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot began developing the project as far back as 2009, with "Zombieland" and "Deadpool" writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese hired in 2011 to pen the script. Deadline suggests Wheeler will work from their draft.

Released in 1974 in Japan as Micromen, the 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. Image Comics and Devil’s Due Publishing each briefly resurrected the comics license in the early 2000s.


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