Now that the Disney/Fox merger is complete, various projects are starting to get axed and one of the casualties is the 20th Century Fox film Mouse Guard. The film directed by Wes Ball (Maze Runner series) was expected to start production in two weeks.
According to Deadline, the reason that Disney decided against the film, which is said to be like Game of Thrones but with mice, is because they felt it wasn’t a good fit. Disney is said to “want to move Fox away from younger demo projects that it has in surplus and shift the focus to all audience fare with PG-13 and R-rated fare.”
Based on the Archaia Studios Press and BOOM Studios comic book series by David Petersen. Mouse Guard is centered on mice struggle to live safely and prosper amongst harsh conditions and a host of predators. Thus, the Mouse Guard was formed. More than just soldiers that fight off intruders, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one hidden village to another.
Also on board the project is Matt Reeves (The Batman) as producer, and the movie was set to star Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Sonoya Mizuno. The good news is that the report mentions the filmmakers are trying to find Mouse Guard a new studio, with Netflix a possibility. Matt Reeves, who is also directing The Batman, signed an exclusive deal with Netflix last year, so Mouse Guard might be a good fit for the streaming service.