MGM has acquired the screen rights to Robert C. O’Brien children’s book “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH”.
Michael Berg (“Ice Age 5”) is attached to pen the screenplay for this adaptation which will be a combination of live-action and CG animation ala “The Smurfs,” along with being the first of a potential franchise.
The film will be something of a prequel to the original story and follows an imperiled mouse who befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret laboratory and become the great minds of vermin civilization, forced to outwit the humans hot on their tails.
Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger will produce. Don Bluth helmed a previous screen adaptation, the 1982 animated feature “The Secret of NIMH”.