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MGM has acquired the screen rights to Robert C. O'Brien children's book "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh".
Michael Berg ("Ice Age 5") is attached to pen the screenplay for this adaptation which will be a combination of live-action and CG animation ala "The Smurfs," along with being the first of a potential franchise.
The film will be something of a prequel to the original story and follows an imperiled mouse who befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret laboratory and become the great minds of vermin civilization, forced to outwit the humans hot on their tails.
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- Garth Franklin
MGM has acquired the rights to Robert C. O'Brien's children's novel Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of Nimh for a live action/CGI animation hybrid adaptation. Michael Berg (Ice Age 5) has been hired to write the screenplay, which will focus on an origin story involving an "imperiled mouse protagonist" who befriends a group of lab rats as they become "hyper-intelligent." The story will follow these rats as they escape a secret laboratory and become great minds in their civilization, as they try to outwit the humans who have been chasing them.
The novel, which was first published in 1971 and won the Newberry Medal a year later, was adapted into the 1982 animated feature The Secret of Nimh, with a voice cast that included Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Shannen Doherty and Wil Wheaton. The animated adaptation spawned the 1998 sequel The Secret of Nimh 2: Timmy to the Rescue. MGM hopes to start »
If you couldn't tell from the reactions on social media, It was a very good year in Park City (well, at least on the narrative side). The 2015 Sundance Film Festival featured a dramatic competition with far fewer bad eggs than usual, a Next slate which once again got people excited, a number of the noncompetitive premieres that surprised (we're looking at you "Brooklyn"), two closing night films that were reportedly pretty good (a rare occurrence for any film festival) and acclaimed movies that landed distribution deals which you'll be talking about all year long. While we endeavored to post as many individual reviews as possible the intensity of Sundance often makes it quite difficult to review everything. Especially, when you've seen 23 1/2 movies over 8 days.* Therefore, this post will include a number of capsule reviews for films HitFix has not individually reviewed, my thoughts on films Drew McWeeny and Dan Fienberg »
- Gregory Ellwood
Park City - Until this week, I didn't even know there was a book called "Z For Zachariah," much less that it was by the same author as the wonderful "Mrs. Frisby and The Rats Of Nimh." When we posted a clip from the new film adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's book, it immediately became clear from your reactions here and in e-mail that the book has passionate fans, and that many of them were upset by what seemed to be a whole new character invented for the film. I couldn't respond because I don't know the book at all, and to be honest, what matters to me is whether the film works on its own. You don't need to know a book to know whether or not a film plays, and in the case of "Z For Zachariah," the film most definitely plays. Craig Zobel, whose previous films »
- Drew McWeeny
The premise is beautiful in its elegant simplicity - a woman is left alone in a world that has befallen a catastrophe. Her solitude is interrupted when a man appears, unsettling her life and making radical changes to her situation. Things begin to settle when a third person appears, unsettling the balance even further. Director Craig Zobel shocked audiences with his beautifully realized Compliance, but with Z for Zachariah I believe he has crafted something even more remarkable. The story, based on a 1974 novel by Robert C. O'Brien, feels at once highly contemporary and relevant and ancient, the very kind of parable that would fit within the Biblical motif. The symbolism the storyline plays with is sometimes arch, but that plays into the...
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Obviously one of our most anticipated films of 2015 is Craig Zobel's adaptation of Z For Zacharia, the post-apocalyptic novel by Robert C. O'Brien. The film is set to star a great cast in Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The film is set to premier at Sundance 2015 and we're looking forward to early word.
The first clip from the film has premiered online. It's shows a series of a few tender moments in the course of a night, but I think we know these apocalyptic threesome's don't always work out for the best.
In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.
Here's the clip, which comes courtesy of [Continued ...] »
6 items from 2015
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