AceShowbiz - Fox has acquired the live-action feature rights to David Petersen's graphic novel series "Mouse Guard". According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has tapped "The Book of Eli" scribe Gary Whitta and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" director Matt Reeves to adapt the best-selling graphic novel into the big-screen version.
Whitta, who previously wrote the screenplay of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", will pen the script of the live-action adaptation. As for Reeves, whose current project "War for the Planet of the Apes" is in post-production, he is attached to produce the film and won't sit behind the lens.
Reeves will produce the film via his 6th & Idaho banner, along with "Mouse Guard" publisher Boom! Studios' Ross Richie and Stephen Christy. Adam Kassan will executive produce for 6th & Idaho, and Boom!'s Adam Yoelin and David Petersen will co-produce. Mark Roybal will oversee for Fox.
Fox intends to bring the "Mouse Guard" world to vivid life. The studio will use the blend of performance-capture technology pioneered for its acclaimed "Apes" movie franchise and CG technology used by Disney's live-action "The Jungle Book", which successfully raked in $936.7 million at the worldwide box office.
Based on the best-selling and Eisner-winning graphic novel series, "Mouse Guard" is about anthropomorphic mice set in medieval era. It focuses on a brotherhood of mice that is sworn to protect the common folks. There is no human character in the story though.