J.J. Abrams is in talks to produce Micronauts, a movie about the Japanese interchangeable toys first sold in the 1970s.
Micronauts were first released as Microman in Japan in 1974. The 3.75-inch toys made it to the U.S. in 1976 but the line was discontinued in 1980. In 2002, Palisades Toys bought the rights to make Micronauts.
Abrams told the Wall Street Journal not to doubt that a board game or a science-fiction can receive 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 said. “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.'”