Because what is brand may never die, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures are still trying to make that Micronauts movie happen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, How To Train Your Dragon‘s filmmaker Dean DeBlois will make his live-action feature debut with the project. Based on the Mego toyline from the late 1970s — which was based on the Japanese Microman toyline which happened to based on the Henshin Cyborg toyline which was itself based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe line of the 1950s — the feature will reportedly tell the tale of a Mirconauts explorer group which, we’ll assume, make their way to Earth. DeBlois will be handling writing duties as well, meaning a previous script by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wenick will be set aside for the director’s new take.
Beyond the toyline, the Mirconauts were the stars of two surprising successful Marvel Comic book series, which continued well after Mego went bankrupt in 1980 and into 1986. It has also been the subject of several comic book revivals over the years. A handful of the characters continue to be Marvel property and will not be part of the new feature.
The film is part of a long term endeavor at Paramount to bring Hasbro’s toylines to the big screen. Other films in the plan include last year’s Bumblebee, the upcoming Snake Eyes film — based on the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero character — and another G.I. Joe movie based around the Chuckles character, a My Little Pony feature and a Bumblebee sequel. It is unclear if films based on M.A.S.K or Visionaries will ever come to fruition, however.
Micronauts is set for release on June 4th, 2021
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