Mrs. Frisby and the Rat’s of NIMH is going to become a live-action/CGI film according to Film. The children’s book has been adapted for screen once before when Don Bluth and friends left Disney to form their own animation studio in the late 70’s and their first feature film was The Secret of NIMH.
The rights to the book, written by Robert C. O’Brien, have now been secured by MGM with plans to adapt it into a live-action film series. Deadline reports that Michael Berg, writer of Ice Age 5 has been brought on board to script, while Daniel Bobker (The Brothers Grimm) and Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction) will produce.
The first film will be “an origin story” in which a troubled mouse protagonist befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn super intelligent. After escaping the laboratory they become the great minds of the vermin community where they are forced to out with the humans. That is pretty close to the plot of the original story of O’Brien’s book.
We’re hoping this becomes a franchise, whether they follow the already written sequels or go off on their own creative path remains unknown. O’Brien’s original novel had two book sequels in addition to the 2D animated feature film the Secret of NIMH.
To refresh your memory here is the trailer for the Secret of NIMH, 1982.