Mouse Guard is the most recent casualty from the Disney/Fox merger. Mouse Guard, based on David Petersen’s graphic novel, was set to begin production with 20th Century Fox in two weeks. While Disney’s incredible CGI animation looked to be a perfect home for the anthropomorphic computer-generated project, Fox’s new parent company has decided to halt production. Producers of the adaptation have already begun to search for alternative distributors.
Mouse Guard follows the story of a young warrior, Lieam, and a medieval order of mice warriors sworn to protect their realm from predators and monsters. Described as Game of Thrones for mice, Mouse Guard is a masterfully told narrative filled with action, politics, and betrayal.
The film boasts an impressive cast that includes Andy Serkis, Idris Elba, Sonoya Mizuno, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Mouse Guard also attached Wes Ball (Maze Runner) to direct the anticipated project. While no official statement has been announced, it is theorized that Disney red-lighted the project as part of the parent company’s attempts to transition 20th Century Fox away from big budget films. If this theory is true, it might provide meaningful insights on how the company will be moving forward as well as explain why Mickey and Friends shuttered Fox 2000 earlier this year.
This news was originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter.