Paramount Returns To “NIMH”

Paramount Pictures is developing a new feature film adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s classic award-winning children’s tale “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story centers on a mouse — the titular Mrs. Frisby, re-named Mrs. Brisby in the MGM movie — faced with a crisis when her son falls ill and she must move her family to escape a farmer’s plow.

Mrs. Frisby enlists a group of former lab rats, whom she soon discovers run a highly evolved society, who possess advanced technologies and divide labor in the manner of a human community.

MGM developed the property back in 1982 as the animated “The Secret of NIMH”. Though not set, it seems likely the new “NIMH” will combine live-action and animation ala “Alvin and the Chipmunks” or “Garfield”.

Director Neil Burger (“The Illusionist”) is in talks to write the screenplay. Cary Granat will produce.