The big-screen adaptation of writer-illustrator David Peterson’s award-winning series about medieval mice soldiers, Mouse Guard, just got a big boost: the screenplay will be penned by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer Gary Whitta.
The film will be live-action but use performance-capture technology, similar to what has been used in the newer Planet of the Apes films. Matt Reeves, who directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and will have War for the Planet of the Apes next summer, will produce the Mouse Guard film. No director or cast has yet been announced, but surely someone’s about to place a call to Andy Serkis.
As for the series’ creator, Peterson, an FAQ on his website has yet to be updated with this latest news, but it seems he’ll be as protective of his creation as possible:
Is there a Mouse Guard movie in the works?
David has spoken to several producers, agents, and studios over the years, and while there has been talk, no movie deal has been made. David wants a Mouse Guard movie to be done correctly, adding more depth and detail to his world, keeping the all-ages weight of the stories, and not losing sight of the source material. This would be a CG mouse movie, so that the detail of fur and lighting, and cloth, etc could be exploited to go beyond what David already does in the comics and make the story all the more believable.
Recently David has been talking to a studio who wants to do all those things. When/if something happens, an announcement will be made.