According to Deadline, a new film is set to be made based on Robert C. O’Brien’s children’s book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The live-action/CG hybrid film from MGM is said to be “an origin story in which an imperiled mouse protagonist befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent.” They then “escape a secret laboratory and become the great minds of vermin civilization, forced to outwit the humans hot on their tails.”
The book has previously been adapted to film by Don Bluth in his 1982 animated feature film directorial debut, The Secret of NIMH. This film, however, is hoping to spur a franchise, probably due to its similarities to, and the success of, the recent Planet of the Apes franchise.
The film is set to be written by Michael Berg, of the Ice Age franchise bar Ice Age: The Meltdown. The film will be produced by Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger. No director nor release date has yet been assigned to the film.
Are you excited for this film? Are you a fan of The Secret of NIMH? Do you see this as a remake/reboot of Don Bluth’s film for modern audiences? Do you see this as a more faithful adaptation to the book? Let us know in the comments below!
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