Norwegian director Joachim Rønning is in negotiations to adapt the techno-thriller novel Micro, written by Michael Crichton.

Micro was Michael Crichton’s final novel and was released posthumously. Crichton is best known for his novel Jurassic Park.

The story follows a group of graduate students who are lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company, only to find themselves miniaturised and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

If the deal is finalised, this will be the first time that Rønning works solo. All of his previous films, Max Manus: Man of War, Kon-Tiki and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales have all been co-directed with Espen Sandberg.

Rønning currently has several other projects in the works. He is currently working on directing a biblical epic titled Methuselah, which will star Tom Cruise.