The Wall Street Journal (via Coming Soon) is reporting today that J.J. Abrams, whom you may know as the director of Star Trek and producer of Lost, is in talks to produce a movie about the Japanese interchangable toys Micronauts — 3.75-inch tall toys which were used in an inter-connected design.
The rights to the project were acquired by Hasbro, who will base the film on the Micronauts comic series published by Marvel Comics, Image Comics and Devil’s Due Publishing. The series was first published in 1979.
In a curious quote, J.J. Abrams speaks about those who doubt whether a board game or science fiction toy should be accorded star status: “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,” he says. “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.'”
Essentially, what we believe him to be saying is that once the Micronauts film is done and released, we will not be surprised (nor will we question) their ultimate star status. At least, that’s what I get from that quote. Alas, he is also working on the Cloverfield-esque thriller 500 Rads, among other things.