Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents,” the 28th book in that series and the first for children, has been optioned by Germany-based Ulysses Filmproduktion.
The 2001 book reinvents the Pied Piper of Hamelin fable. It follows Maurice, a streetwise cat, who has the perfect money-making scam. He finds a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe and has his very own horde of rats, who are strangely literate.
When Maurice and the rodents reach the stricken town of Bad Blintz, they discover that something very bad is waiting in the cellars.
The project marks the first of the beloved author’s books to be adapted as an animated movie. Terry Rossio (“Shrek,” “Aladdin”) has written the screenplay. Toby Genkel (“Ooops! Noah Is Gone…”) is attached to direct the $17 million movie.
The team is now looking to raise the last part of the financing and, with a script and character designs in hand, is ready to go into production at the end of the year for a 2022 release.