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:
Seems it’s too big a risk. It’s a damn shame really. We had something special. To my hella talented cast/crew: I’m sorry I couldn’t push this one through. The past year with you all has been a blast. May the Guard prevail! pic.twitter.com/MGRq54uI6O
While it’s a pity Mouse Guardwon’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:
In that spirit, I’m posting my complete MOUSE GUARD screenplay so even if people can’t see the movie they can at least see what I wrote. There were other writers who came after me but this is my original first draft. Please enjoy. The Guard prevails! (2/2) https://t.co/XaO12v9lAj
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.
The Disney/Fox merger means that we’ll get many X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool movies to come. However, they’ll likely come at the price of other projects that were originally planned.
io9 reports that Disney just cancelled Fox’s adaptation of Mouse Guard, the hit Peter Davidson graphic novel about adorable, epic, warrior mice who battle the elements and the rest of the food chain, to protect their homes.
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Production on the $170 million motion-capture adaptation, expected to star Sonoya Mizuno, Andy Serkis, Idris Elba, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, was only two weeks away before cancellation. The Wes Ball feature was pitched as “Game of Thrones with mice.”
Disney has actually given the film’s producers, including Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes), permission to pitch to other studios. Potential homes include Paramount and Netflix, which currently has a production deal with Reeves. Therefore, there is hope.
Fantasy fans, rejoice! The Mouse Guardadaptation has confirmed two major actors have joined its (tiny) cast. Mouse Guard is a graphic novel series written and illustrated by David Petersen. The series is set in world that mimics the Middle Ages, inhabited by mice. There are no humans in this world but plenty of predators, forcing the mice into a constant struggle for survival as they battle against snakes, the harsh elements, and each other. The stories revolve around the titular Mouse Guard, a sacred order of warrior mice who protect their fellows and grant them safe passage through the wilderness.
According to this article from Kotaku Australia, Lord of the Rings’ Andy Serkis and Game of Thrones’ Thomas Brodie-Sangster have been announced to star in the feature length film adaptation. Brodie-Sangster will be playing Lieam, one of the newest and youngest members of the Guard. Andy Serkis, meanwhile, will be playing the fearsome villain Midnight, a blacksmith turned tyrant who makes war against the Guard.
The adaptation will be using motion capture to be creating its cast of colorful mice, although there is no word if it will be live action or CGI yet. Andy Serkis, who has made his name playing motion capture characters like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, Caeser from Planet of the Apes, and Supreme Leader Snoke of Star Wars, is a natural casting choice. Production of the film is slated to begin this May, with Wes Bell slated to direct.
We look forward to seeing this unique fantasy series brought to the big screen and will keep our ear open for further updates!