Earlier this year Maze Runner series director Wes Ball indicated that Fox’s adaptation of the Eisner Award winning comic series Mouse Guard might be his next film. Now it appears that the studio is prepared to move on the film with production set to being in Los Angeles in January with a huge $150M budget.
Created, written and illustrated by David Petersen, Mouse Guard tells the story of anthropomorphic mice living in medieval times and sworn to protect the common folk. Ball has been working on developing the project for some time, envisioning it as an “amazing fantasy epic” that can now be brought to life thanks to the mocap efforts of WETA in recent films such as Planet of the Apes. Apes director Matt Reeves is serving as a producer on the film, which will work from a screenplay by writer Dante Harper who took a turn following an earlier draft from Gary Whitta.
The comic book series has been ongoing since 2006 and focuses on Mouse Guard members Kenzie, Saxon and Lieam. In 2008 it won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids and is known for dealing with some harsh realities despite being an all-ages book.
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