Wes Ball’s anticipated motion-capture animated feature “Mouse Guard” is officially no more.
The project’s production was halted over two months ago following the fully approved acquisition of Fox by Disney, and now it is confirmed to be officially dead according to Ball himself on social media today.
With the project scrapped, Ball is now sharing concept art, models, and animation tests from the terminated project which was nearly set to go into production and was based on David Petersen’s comic series. The costly project also failed to find another home. Ball says:
“Yes sadly, its true. Our [Mouse Guard] movie is dead. Seems it’s too big a risk. It’s a damn shame really. We had something special. To my hella talented cast/crew: I’m sorry I couldn’t push this one through. The past year with you all has been a blast. May the Guard prevail”
In the same tweet, Ball shared a video of the production offices for Mouse Guard – ones packed with detailed concept art, character models, and set structure design. There’s also a look at motion-capture animation tests for the mouse characters which would’ve been created in photorealistic animation by Weta Workshop.
Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Sonoya Mizuno amongst others were all originally slated to star in the film.
Yes sadly, its true. Our #mouseguard movie is dead.
Seems it's too big a risk. It’s a damn shame really. We had something special. To my hella talented cast/crew: I’m sorry I couldn’t push this one through. The past year with you all has been a blast. May the Guard prevail! pic.twitter.com/MGRq54uI6O
— Wes Ball (@wesball) 26 June 2019