Live-Action: The Secret of NIMH

The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy film directed by Don Bluth in his directional debut. The movie is an adaptation of Robert C. O’Briens 1971 children’s novel, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The film was produced by Aurora Pictures and released by United Artists. Not only did the movie have the voices of Elizabeth Hartman, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet and many more; the overall message is truly astounding not only to children but also adults. The movie resonates on an emotional and intellectual level of awareness and identity. The film was commercially a success and received $14 million at the box office with an estimated $7 million budget.

It was just announced that MGM has acquired the screen rights to Robert C. O’Brien children’s book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and has Ice Age 5( set to be released July 15,2016) writer Michael Berg attached to pen the screenplay. Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger will produce through their Bobker/Kruger label. The film will be done as a live-action/CGI hybrid, and Berg is focusing on an origin story in which an imperiled mouse protagonist 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. With talks of the movie being part of a franchise and being a fan of the original movie I do hope the studio makes the live action movie less violent towards children but still carries the overall message of dependence and freedom. The movie is expected to be released in 2018.


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