Star Trek director/producer JJ Abrams continues to build his portfolio of projects in development. Today its being reported that Abrams is producing a movie based on the Micronauts toy line. There is also a rumor that he has another Cloverfield-like project in development. [UPDATE: Plus news on Abrams NBC spy show]
Micronauts: The Movie
Micronauts were a popular toyline in the 70s from Japan, imported to the US my Mego (in Japan they were called "Micromen"). The toyline was based on 3.75" figures with a wide assortment of vehicles and accessories.
In a story in today’s Wall Street Journal on toys that are being made into movies it was reported that JJ Abrams is in talks to bring Micornauts to the big screen. Hasbro recently acquired Micronauts. More info at wsj.com.
And here is a Mircronauts commercial from the 70s.
JJ Abrams Zombie movie?
The other Abrams story is more of a rumor at this stage. Pajiba.com is reporting that Abrams and his production company Bad Robot are "secretly developing" a movie called 500 Rads, which will be a lower budget film ($25 Million) shot in Europe. No details on the project, but the title suggests it has something to do with radiation. Jeff Pinkner is reportedly working on the script. More info at pajiba.com.
UPDATE: Abrams to direct spy show Pilot
Last month we reported that JJ Abrams had sole a pilot for a spy show to NBC. Now The Hollywood Reporter has news that the show is called "Undercovers", and Abrams is in talks to direct the pilot. If his schedule permits, it would be the first pilot he has directed since Lost.