Photo by Coolcaesar (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Coolcaesar (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

DreamWorks Studios acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” the studio announced Friday.

“Micro,” which was unfinished when Crichton died in 2008, was completed by author Richard Preston and published by HarperCollins in 2011.

The former New York Times bestseller tells the story of a group of graduate students who are lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company and find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

“We are so pleased to have this opportunity to develop Micro,”‘ said DreamWorks co-founder and principal partner Steven Spielberg. “For Michael, size did matter whether it was for ‘Jurassic’s’ huge dinosaurs or ‘Micro’s’ infinitely tiny humans.”

The author’s widow, Sherri Crichton, said he “was exhilarated, passionate and invested in ‘Micro,’ a story he spent years researching and developing.”

“It was yet another opportunity for him to explore the clash between science and nature, as seen through the eyes of relatable characters,” she said. “Michael also wrote in cinematic terms and would be so pleased to see ‘Micro’ come to life on the big screen at DreamWorks.”

In 2009, DreamWorks Studios acquired the rights to another posthumously published Crichton novel, “Pirate Latitudes.”

—Staff and wire reports

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