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Rats of NIMH is being turned into a live-action/CGI film

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Award winning childrens novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH will be made into a new CGI-centric live-action film, Deadline reports.

MGM recently acquired the rights to the Robert C. O'Brien novel and has reportedly hired writer Michael Berg, known best for his work on the Ice Age films, to pen the script. The film is said to focus on an origin story that follows an "imperiled mouse protagonist" who befriends a group of hyper-intelligent lab rats, with hopes to create a franchise.

The original O'Brien novel was followed by two sequels and later turned into a Don Bluth-directed animated film, The Secret of Nimh, which was released by MGM in 1982.