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Canceled Film ‘Mouse Guard’ Posts Demo Reel, Showing Us What Could Have Been

 

 

The Mouse Guard movie is officially dead. Disney has scrapped Fox’s planned adaptation of the popular graphic novel series by David Petersen. There were hopes the project was just delayed or finding a new home, but alas, the project has officially been canceled. Director Wes Bell confirmed this sad news via Twitter:

 

 

 

While it’s a pity Mouse Guard won’t see the light of day, Petersen also shared some cool stuff that might have represented what the final movie could have looked like. Petersen celebrated the enormous effort the pre-production team had done for the movie in an i09 article in which he showcased sculptures, pre-production art, and the studio that would have been used. The demo reel made for the film was posted by Wes Ball on his YouTube channel, and it showcased what could have been.

While obviously incomplete and lacking any audio, the demo reel captures the feeling of the books excellently. Notable scenes from the demo reel include a showcase of the Mouse Guard society; multiple clashes between mice that feature cool, flashy choreography; and giant creatures such as turtles, crows, and snakes that almost function as dragons to the minuscule mice.

The screenwriter also lamented the project’s death and said so in a Tweet, in which he attached the ENTIRE SCREENPLAY online for anyone to read:

 

 

This is an incredible level of insight for a project that’s been canned. We can tell everyone attached to this was extremely passionate about Mouse Guard, and hopefully, someday, it can begin life again as a film adaptation. In the meantime, check out the demo reel below and see what could have been.

 

Featured Image Via IGN

 


Dev Patel in Talks to Star in ‘Green Knight’ Adaptation

Dev Patel, star of such films as Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, is reportedly in talks to star in A24’s adaptation of the famous 14th century Arthurian story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The tale tells of Sir Gawain, a Knight of the Round Table, accepting a challenge from the mysterious Green Knight. The Knight tells Gawain he will allow him to strike him with an axe if Gawain accepts a similar blow in turn. Gawain beheads the Green Knight but the Knight picks up his head and ominously promises to return in a year and a day to strike a similar blow as promised. Filled with romance, action, and classical chivalrous themes, the story sounds perfect for a big screen adaptation.

 

An image of the Green Knight preparing for battle, hailing from the Boy's King Arthur by Sidney Lanier
Image Via The British Library

 

It is unknown what role Dev Patel will play but considering his previous screen credits any role should be exciting to see the Oscar-nominated actor embody. Also attached to the project is David Lowery, helmer of A Ghost Story, as well as producers Tim Headington and Theresa Steele of Ley Line Entertainment.

We look forward to seeing this classical tale brought to life and will keep our eyes peeled for further news, especially about what role Dev Patel will be eventually set to play.

 

Featured Image Via Variety