Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH to be re-adapted

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Illusionist director Neil Burger is in talks to write a new screenplay adapted from the Newberry Medal-winning 1972 children’s novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which was previously adapted as The Secret of NIMH by Don Bluth back in 1982.

THR sums up the story thusly: “The story centers on a mouse — the titular Mrs. Frisby, re-named Mrs. Brisby in the MGM movie [because Wham-O is a bunch of assholes] — faced with a crisis when her son falls ill and she must move her family to escape a farmer’s plow. Mrs. Frisby enlists a group of former lab rats, whom she soon discovers run a highly evolved society, who possess advanced technologies and divide labor in the manner of a human community.” The trade speculates that the film will be a live-action/CGI combination, but doesn’t source the comment in order to back it up.

While I’m usually loathe to see widely beloved movies remade — you can watch The Secret of NIMH for free on Hulu if you haven’t seen it — I’d be interested in seeing an even darker, more faithful adaptation of the book than Don Bluth’s film provided. (I would be surprised if that happens, though; the production company behind all this is Walden Media — whose third Narnia film heads into production today.)

Neil Burger is also currently developing a Bride of Frankenstein remake (why?!) and an adaptation of Alan Glynn’s Dark Fields (with screenwriter Leslie Dixon).

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 08:58 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Chan Wen.
    on 2009-07-28 at 13:43
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    Oh wow. I have no idea what to think about this. The nostalgia part of me is not happy about this. And yet… I guess if they did follow the book more closely (like Tim Burton did with Charlie And The Chocolate Factory… for the most part), then that could make up for the decision to re-do it.

    I don't know. I'm somewhat horrified about this. Replacements for memories from your childhood is never a good thing.

  2. Written by strutter051085
    on 2009-07-28 at 17:33
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    I always hated the movie as a child and am not very fond of it nowadays. Having read the book first, the movie always seemed like a big disappointment. I'm happy to hear this news because there is no way that they can make it any worse than the original already is.

  3. Written by gmcalpin
    on 2009-07-28 at 17:56
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    You should seriously consider backpedalling on the melodramatics there, because when you say they can't make it “any worse” than the widely well-regarded original, you are tempting some serious fate, man.

    I like the original, but I bemoan the changes — what's the with whole magic thing, Jenner should not be a villain, etc. — but Hollywood sure as shit can make a worse adaptation than Bluth did.

  4. Written by foo
    on 2009-07-29 at 11:54
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    I never liked that movie version, so am interested to see what these folks can – or cannot – do! And yes, they could make it worse, but … at least it would be different! Heh.

  5. Written by foo
    on 2009-07-29 at 15:54
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    I never liked that movie version, so am interested to see what these folks can – or cannot – do! And yes, they could make it worse, but … at least it would be different! Heh.

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