Empire Pictures has made a deal with Transcience Corporation to develop an animated film and possible franchise from the popular children's toy line The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys.

Variety says under the deal, Empire acquired entertainment rights to the line, which has been on the market for 45 years and sold in more than 50 countries. Empire founder, Michael Birnbaum is focusing first on an animated feature, but possible spinoffs down the line could include a television series and merchandising.

There are no writers yet for The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys film, however, the story will be set in a microscopic ocean world.