Micronauts the Movie? J.J. Abrams? WTH?
The Wall Street Journal, of all places, currently has an article on Hollywood’s gold rush to make movies out of toys and board games following the phenomenal success of Michael Bay’s “Transformers”. Toward the end of the article, it mentions that “Star Trek’s” (and “Lost” mastermind) J.J. Abrams is currently in discussions to produce a movie based on the Japanese toy line Micronauts, which, coincidentally, Hasbro (the same people behind “Transformers”) has just acquired.
“Sometimes, when someone is not a celebrity and you are casting them in a role, everyone who is in a seat of authority voices questions about that actor’s talent, sex appeal, looks, ability — their everything. But then they get the role, and suddenly they are on the cover of every magazine, and nobody questions those things again. In retrospect, everyone says, ‘Of course that person is a star.’”
I don’t really remember the Micronauts toyline, but I sure remember the comics. Mind you, not that they were extraordinary or anything, but they came out during my comic book collecting days, and I’m sure I even have an issue or two stashed away. A quick search of the Internet shows a small but dedicated fanbase for the toyline, but if Abrams does end up making this, it will probably be the first time a lot of people has ever heard of “Micronauts”.