Akiva Goldsman to Lead Writers Room For Micronauts Film

posted on by Kyle Hallmark

The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that scriptwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman Forever) will lead the Writers Room for Paramount and Bad Robot's live-action Micronauts film.

The Writers Room is an experiment that was launched to generate and exchange ideas after Paramount's Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon grossed US$1.12 billion.

Deadline reported in October that Tom Wheeler will write the latest draft of the film's script.

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2009 that that director and producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek reboot films, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) was in talks with Hasbro to produce a film based on the Micronauts action figure line. The 1976-1980 Micronauts toys from the defunct Mego Corporation were actually rebranded Microman action figures from the Japanese toy company Takara (now a part of Takara Tomy).

In Japan, Takara's 1998-2000 Microman Magne Powers brand relaunch spawned the 52-episode Chiisana Kyōjin Microman anime series (1999). There were also several Microman manga over the last three decades. Two other Microman spinoffs from Takara — the transforming handheld objects from the Micro Change line and the transforming vehicles from the Diaclone line — were rebranded and exported as the first year's lineup of Hasbro's Transformers toys in 1984.

Hasbro now has the rights to the Micronauts toy brand, and Hasbro and IDW plan to publish a new set of comics for the franchise.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

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