The Boom! Studios graphic novel Mouse Guard has been picked up for a Jungle Book-style film adaptation, and the studio has assembled an A-list team to bring it to life.
The Eisner-winning graphic novel follows a civilization of anthropomorphic mice in medieval times, and focuses on a brotherhood of mice sworn to protect the common critters. The studio has signed Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) to produce (though he, sadly, doesn’t intend to direct) and Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) to pen the script.
The film will be a CGI and live-action hybrid, similar to the recent Jungle Book adaptation. Which, as we all know, looked positively stunning.
The graphic novel is a major hit for an indie project, with approximately 1 million copies in print. The ‘book has been translated into 10 languages. If you’re looking to catch up before the movie hits, there are three volumes of the main series, and three volumes of a spinoff series. A third series is set to debut next year.
The kid-friendly story has all the trappings for a box-office event, and could be amazing (especially considering the talent behind the scenes). Here’s hoping they can lock down a director capable of doing it justice.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)