The Hollywood Reporter says the movie will be released through Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s AllSpark Pictures. DeBlois has professionally directed a live-action music documentary and short film but never a live-action narrative movie.
His last ten years have almost exclusively been writing and directing the How to Train Your Dragon movies for DreamWorks Animation, which is one of the highest-grossing movie trilogies in history. The last film, How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World, was released in February 2019 and made half a billion dollars at the box office and received positive reviews from critics.
Instead of relaxing and enjoying a job well done, the filmmaker is jumping right into Micronauts to make its June 4, 2021 release date.The Micronauts were a toyline from the ’70s that had their lore fleshed out through comics. Comics based on the Micronauts toys were made by Marvel in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and by IDW Publishing as recently as 2018.
The Marvel comics established that a small universe known as the Microverse features a team known as the Micronauts. The Micronauts are led by Commander Arcturus Rann, who awakened from a century-long voyage through space to see that a ruthless dictator had taken over the land. He teams up with robots, aliens and the ousted Princess to set things right as the Micronauts.
It was first reported in 2009 that J.J. Abrams was set to produce a Micronauts movie. That eventually turned into a movie universe combined with Transformers, G.I. Joe and other Hasbro properties in 2015 until a writer said in early 2017 that crossover plans were being held off.
Interestingly, The Microverse may be familiar to Marvel Cinematic Universe fans, although it’s known in the current movies as the Quantum Realm. Check out a history of the Quantum Realm here, and for more info on other Hasbro properties that are coming to the big screen, see the latest casting for the Snake Eyes movie.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who is dumbfounded that this man’s feature directorial debut was the masterpiece Lilo & Stitch. One of the best debuts in movie history. Even Hitchcock didn’t deliver Lilo & Stitch on his first go.