With Hollywood suddenly finding itself in the midst of a wave of adaptations of classic children’s books (Where The Wild Things Are, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Alice in Wonderland), Paramount has decided to bring back one book that was already a proven success on the big screen back in the early ’80s. Robert C. O’Brien’s Newbery Medal-winning book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH provided the source material for the animated film The Secret of NIMH, which was released back in 1982 to moderate commercial success and huge critical praise. I remember loving this movie when I was younger, perhaps because it was a bit darker than a lot of the other animated films of the time (it was produced by an independent studio of ex-Disney employees).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones) is in talks to write a new screenplay based on the book, with Cary Granat (Spy Kids, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Scary Movie) on board as a producer. The somewhat depressing part of this news is that they will likely turn it into a live action/CG hybrid “in the manner of Alvin & the Chipmunks“. While I can appreciate that they are doing something a little different with the material, I can’t help but turn up my nose every time I hear someone mention Alvin & the Chipmunks as a point of reference for a new film. What do you think, is it time for a new generation to experience The Secret of NIMH or does the original still hold up today? If you want to revisit it, you’re in luck because the entire movie is now available for free on Hulu!