With Jerry Bruckheimer's G-Force pulling in the cash in 1st place last weekend, Paramount Pictures is looking to join the rodent craze in hopes of bringing back Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, based on Robert C. O'Brien's award-winning children's series. His novel won the Newberry Medal in 1972 and became a staple in children's bookstores and libraries since then. Director Neil Burger (The Illusionist) is in talks to write the screenplay, and former Walden exec Cary Granat is on board to produce.
A pic would be the second theatrical go-round for the book, which MGM brought to the screen in 1982 as the animated The Secret of NIMH, directed by Don Bluth. .
Plot Concept: 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.
Thanks to Maniac Redheirs for passing it along.