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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:
Yes sadly, its true. Our #mouseguard movie is dead.
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
— Wes Ball (@wesball) June 26, 2019
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.
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Sad news for Spider-Man fans. Alvin Sargent, the man who wrote scripts for the Spider-Man films to life has, according to the BBC, passed away. Sargent died in his home in Seattle due to natural causes, passing away peacefully at the age of ninety-two. He wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3, as a rewrite of The Amazing Spider-Man. Sargent began his career as a writer for television, breaking into films with his film Gambit starring Michael Caine. He went on to write Julia and Ordinary People, two dramas that netted him two Oscar wins.
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However, it is safe to say that fans today will remember him for his work on the Spider-Man films, with Spider-Man 2 being the fan favorite of the franchise for its thematic focus on Peter Parker grappling with his double life as Spider-Man, the memorably evil Doctor Octopus, the funny and witty dialogue, as well as a feel good nature of the film that helps it feel fresh for the entire family. While the latter two films aren’t as beloved, it is doubtless that any superhero fan feels gratitude toward Mr. Sargent for bringing these films to life.
Rest in peace, Alvin Sargent! You had a wonderful career as one of Hollywood’s best talents.
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