According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has decided to take on the classic children’s book “Rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O’Brien, and turn it into their offering for the CG/live action market. With audiences loving Remy (RATATOUILLE), Reepicheep (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN), and now the team from G-FORCE, Hollywood has rediscovered the rodent.
Paramount is in talks with the director of THE ILLUSIONIST Neil Burger, and producer Cary Granat to head the new adaptation.
“NIMH” would be Burger’s first foray into family fare. The CAA-repped writer-director’s previous work includes the Ed Norton period magician tale “The Illusionist” and the Tim Robbins post-Iraq pic “The Lucky Ones.” He’s also on board to write the “Bride of Frankenstein” reboot at Universal.”
This won’t be the first time the book has made it into theaters. THE SECRET OF NIHM was Don Bluth’s first major animated film after claiming his independence from the Disney Company. THE SECRET OF NIMH was first released in 1982 and blazed the path for Don Bluth’s other animated films such as THE LAND BEFORE TIME, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN, and AN AMERICAN TALE.