J.J. Abrams Hires ‘Zombieland’ Writers for ‘Micronauts’ Movie

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William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

We are officially running out of cool 1980's stuff to adapt into movies. That's the only conclusion to be made by the apparently fast movement on a Micronauts film adaptation, two years after we first caught wind of it in 2009. J.J. Abrams is still on board to produce, and he's just hired two hot writers to tackle the adaptation: Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who together wrote the lauded script to Zombieland, and have a few other upcoming blockbusters under their belts, including the next G.I. Joe movie (also for Hasbro) and Marvel's Deadpool spin-off. So says Deadline.

Hasbro – as we learned earlier today – has apparently decided recently to make this movie a priority, even though nobody in the target demographic for this kind of film even remembers who the Micronauts were. Since statistically speaking that might include you, here's a rundown: Micronauts were a line of toys from Mego in the late 1970s, which eventually turned into a Marvel comic book series about a group of heroes from Marvel's seldom-referenced Microverse, a realm which exists on a subatomic level. They fought bad guys and ultimately wound up in the Marvel Universe proper, where they were – in a beautiful piece of synergy – only the size of toys. Marvel lost the Micronauts license to Image, then Devil's Due, and then finally Kinetic Underground, but a few of the characters, like Star-Lord and Bug, can still be found in some of the Marvel's space-based series, like The Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also, for toys that were made over 30 years ago, they still seem pretty danged cool.

CraveOnline will return with more Micronauts news after we foil the plots of the nefarious Psycho-Man.