In a 2013 interview with Nerdist, Mouse Guard comic creator David Petersen told us, “I also am rather protective of Mouse Guard as a property, so I’m not willing to make a quick deal just to get a film made… I want it done properly.” Three years later, his patience and standards look to have paid off, as The Hollywood Reporter announced that Rogue One scribe Gary Whitta and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes/Cloverfield producer Matt Reeves will be bringing the characters to the screen in what is billed as “a CGI live-action movie” like Disney‘s recent The Jungle Book. (It occurs to me that, like animation awards ceremonies already do, we might want to consider retiring the term “live-action” in favor of “photo-realistic,” as the difference will all but disappear in our lifetimes.)
Mouse Guard seems like a no-brainer to do now that technology has caught up to the idea of doing it realistically. You’ll draw in the folks who just want to see cute mice in little outfits, and hope they stay for the medieval-style action and drama that delights readers of the Eisner award-winner. Plus, if Petersen gets his way, Downton Abbey‘s Mr. Carson, Jim Carter, will be a top choice to voice black axe wielder Celanawe. Boom! Studios‘ Adam Yoelin and David Petersen will co-produce, so they should ensure their property is in the right hands.
(Nerdist has reached out to Fox for confirmation, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.)
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