David Petersen's Mouse Guard comic series charmed a generation of viewers when they first debuted, but it sounds like it will be a bit longer until the story hits the big screen.
According to a new report from Deadline, the Mouse Guard motion-capture movie has been put on hold by the Walt Disney Company, just two weeks before the project was expected to begin production. The film was initially developed by 20th Century Fox, which Disney now owns thanks to the iconic merger between the two companies.
The report says that "Disney brass looked at it carefully and the feeling was it wasn't a good fit", adding that the film is among the "younger demo projects" that the company already has a lot of. The filmmakers are reportedly trying to find another home for the film, including possibly at Netflix.
Mouse Guard would follow a brotherhood of mice in a medieval era, with a cast that includes Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Sonoya Mizuno.
The film, which will be directed by Wes Ball, will have a sizeable budget and use the same WETA technology that was used to bring the apes to life in the most-recent Planet of the Apes trilogy to recreate the animals from Petersen’s world.
“Not to make any news or anything, but I think that will be my next movie,” Petersen explained in a previous interview. “I kind of went off after this
“The trick with this one is we have to thread that needle with tone,” he explained. “I’m not interested in doing a DreamWorks or Pixar-type movie, I’m interested in doing something closer to Planet of the Apes where you’re really gonna nail characters and show the harsh reality of what they live in. It’s gonna be a little bit of both, probably, but at the same time because of the cost I need as big an audience as possible. So I want 10-year olds to see this as much as 40 and 50-year olds, you know? That’s the needle we have to thread, but for me personally… the way Star Wars appealed to me as a kid growing up
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