MGM Studios have bought the rights to Robert C. O’Brien's much loved children’s book, Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of Nimh and are currently developing it into a live action/animated hybrid for the big screen.
In case you need a reminder of the original story, the plot follows widowed mouse Mrs. Frisby as she attempts to deal with a family crisis:
She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.
According to Deadline, MGM plan to turn the literary property into an ambitious new franchise, and have hired Ice Age 5 writer Michael Berg to pen a working script for the rodent-infested tale.
This isn't the first time MGM have taken a stab at producing a movie based on this book, with The Secret Of Nimh released in 1982. This time, the studio plan to focus on the series' origin story, following:
an imperiled mouse protagonist befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret laboratory and become the great minds of vermin civilization, forced to outwit the humans hot on their tails.
As a fan of the original movie, I can't wait to see how this new one pans out. Stay tuned for further updates.