The Rats of NIMH lands James Madigan to direct
The VFX wizard behind 'Iron Man 2' and 'Insurgent' will make his directorial debut
The film is MGM’s live-action/animation hybrid adaptation of the children’s book by Robert C. O’Brien. The Newberry Medal-winning work was previously adapted into 1982’s The Secret of NIMH, the supernatural-tinged animated cult hit from director Don Bluth.
Madigan’s film will be produced by Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger, based on a screenplay by Michael Berg. Rumblings of a new film version have been buzzing about for some time, though MGM optioned the book rights in 2015, according to Deadline.
The Secret of NIMH told of Mrs. Brisby, a widowed mouse who must relocate her family before they are wiped out. When her youngest son falls ill, however, she embarks on a fantastical odyssey, encountering a wizard, the Great Owl, a sword-swinging villain, and a colony of rats with whom she holds a deep connection.
Watch the trailer below.