A recent report from Deadline reveals that Maze Runner director Wes Ball is in talks to helm the Mouse Guard adaptation from 20th Century Fox. Based on David Petersen’s comic book, published by Archaia Studios Press, the upcoming adaptation is set to be produced by Matt Reeves – who’s currently developing his standalone Batman movie with DC and Warner Bros. – with a screenplay by Gary Whitta (Rogue One). According to a synopsis of the original story:
Mouse Guard is set in a world of sentient mice who live in a medieval era, paralleling the same age in human history, though in their world there are no humans. Its stories revolve around a brotherhood of mice known as the “Mouse Guard” who have sworn an oath to serve their fellow civilian mice in times of need, including making safe passage for them through the wilderness and protecting them from predators.
I’m honestly pretty surprised this hasn’t already been made into a movie. I’d imagine that any studio head would lose their minds if you went in and pitched Stuart Little by way of Game of Thrones. Wes Ball is a perfect choice to direct, coming from a visual effects background and doing so much with the limited budget for the first Maze Runner movie. That film got looked over in favor of stuff like Hunger Games or Divergent, but I always remembered the Maze Runner movies as my favorite ones to emerge from the YA trend.
The series, which started in 2006, originally took place during the fall and winter of 1152. Future issues covered the spring of 1153, including a number of one-off stories like the Weasel War of 1149. Basically, there’s a wealth of material to choose from here, much of it about reconstructing a post-war civilization, a theme that (oddly enough) might really resonate with audiences right now. The film would probably be almost entirely CGI and would make room for a great voice cast to come in and fill out the roles.
Mouse Guard has also been adapted as a popular role-playing game that was created in 2008, meaning the story already has the built-in audience to succeed as a well-made adaptation. There’s enough material here to kickstart a franchise, so it’s important that this adaptation falls into the right hands, and Wes Ball has proven himself to be a capable director, especially with someone like Matt Reeves producing. This is definitely something we’ll be looking forward to in the year or two to come.