It looks like the only mouse Disney wants around is the one called Mickey. Just two weeks before production was set to begin on FOX‘s adaptation of David Petersen‘s comic and graphic novel ‘Mouse Guard’, Disney gives it the axe.
This is a shame because ‘Mouse Guard’ as a movie sounds amazing; “Set in a human-free, medieval world, the comic follows the so-called ‘Mouse Guard,’ a group of mice who have sworn to protect their brethren from predators and other threats. WETA was providing the digital effects.”
The project even had quite an impressive cast which included Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes and The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King), Idris Elba (The Suicide Squad and Luther), Samson Kayo (Timewasters and Youngers), and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Thunderbirds Are Go and Maze Runner: The Death Cure). Which is even more disappointing that the film go cancelled. Why did it get scrapped? One of the reasons we hear is that the motion capture digital effects that was going to be used, “veered too close to Disney’s homegrown CGI-made fare such as The Lion King and The Jungle Book.” Another reason that we heard was because “Disney does not want Fox in the big-budget game, which Mouse Guard, with a budget of $170 million, found itself in.” and Disney wants FOX to “focus on lower-cost family movies, as well as PG-13 and R-rated fare.”
But there’s still a slight hope. While FOX won’t be moving forward with this project now, producers Matt Reeves (The Batman and The Cloverfield Paradox), Ross Ritchie, and Stephen Christy (Feeding Ground and The Empty Man) are allowed to still shop it around other studios, which we’re hearing are quite interested. So fingers crossed that we’ll get this train back on tracks.The Hollywood Reporter]