With two weeks until the start of production on the Fox film, Mouse Guard, Disney has decided to suspend the project.

What’s happening:

  • According to Deadline, Disney has put the brakes on a new motion capture film in the works at Fox just two weeks prior to the start of production.
  • Mouse Guard, an adaptation of the comic series by David Petersen, was to be directed by Wes Ball.
  • The film was set to star:
    • Idris Elba
    • Andy Serkis
    • Thomas Brodie-Sangster
    • Sonoya Mizuno
  • Mizuno was to be the lead in the film set in medieval times. The story focuses on, “a brotherhood of mice sworn to protect the fellow rodents in their midst.”
  • Michael Fleming Jr. of Deadline wrote on Wednesday, “this is happening in real time, and I heard Disney brass looked at it carefully and the feeling was it wasn’t a good fit. It’s Game of Thrones with mice.”
  • Mouse Guard was to be produced by Matt Reeves through his company 6th & Idaho along with Richie and Stephen Christy from Boom! Studios.
  • Following this decision, the filmmakers are looking to take it elsewhere, possibly even Netflix.
  • Deadline points out that this isn’t Disney snubbing Fox-developed films, rather a shift toward more young adult and adult fare.
  • Fox films still set for production include:
    • Avatar films
    • Kingsman
    • Fear Street trilogy
    • Free Guy
    • West Side Story
    • Death on the Nile


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