Mouse Guard film is “dead”, awesome concept art and animation revealed

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We’ve spoken a lot about the various X-Men/Deadpool related comic book projects that have been shelved now that Fox has been taken over by Disney, but there was another adaptation that the erstwhile studio had in the works. Mouse Guard was the planned animated film adaptation of David Petersen’s two-time Eisner Award-winning indie comic of the same name, which had already signed on director Wes Ball (Maze Runner series) and the voice talents of Andy Serkis, Idris Elba, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

However it seemed that there’s only enough room for one rodent over at Disney, as just a few weeks after the Fox acquisition in March, the studio halted the movie and removed it from its lineup. This was literally two weeks before production was scheduled to begin. All was not lost as Petersen, Ball and co were allowed to shop the production around to other studios but it seems this didn’t go down very well as Ball took to social media yesterday to confirm that the film is now very much “dead”.

As can be seen by all the images in Ball’s video up top, here had been a fair bit of early work done on the film. Now some of that work is being released to the public thanks to Ball and concept artist Darek Zabrocki. The pair shared a number of amazing concept art pieces as well as an early animated concept video (which was done before WETA Digital would go in and seriously punch it up). This is early work, but it’s undeniable that it looks gorgeous and definitely appears to capture the emotion and feel of Petersen’s original comic.

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Mouse witcher 🐭⚔ One of the very first concepts I did for MOUSE GUARD film. This project took us in total +12 months of constant concept phase overlapping with already in-progress world building. Around half of the time we spent on just pre-production and brainstorming with different concept ideas. At the beginning there was just me, @kenbarthelmey and Wes Ball the director of the movie. We had so much fun since the project was so free to interpreting that let us go crazy with world and look of it. Later the team grew tremendously and the whole production took a route that brought in a new level of animation, cgi and interaction between concept team and actual animators from Weta. Which was quite new to me since intensity and live interaction was obviously visible day by day. Honestly being on this project from the very beginning made me aware and pumped onto how important and inspiring is to create a new Vast world. For me it was the biggest, most elaborate and in depth full of freedom project I ever took part in. Sadly cancelled but hey whatever was done was golden and its gonna resonate through my works in upcoming weeks, months or even years? 💥😎🤩🤩🤩 in total I was responsible for the world building, props and a lot of action scenes. Cant wait to just spit it all out here! Stay tuned for more 😍 #art #artist #conceptartist #conceptart #design #mouseguard #art #artoftheday #artistoninstagram #2d #conceptart #conceptartist #cathedral #design #digitalart #artist #darekzabrocki #illustration #fantasyart #focalpointschool #painting #photoshop #scifiart #scifi #sciencefictionart #starwars #scifimovie #fox #movie #wacom

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Trees World. I got around 100+ Concepts from MOUSE GUARD, many contain world building sketches and level design ideas, props and whole maps. Some of them are highly detailed keyframes but I save them for later 🙂 maybe some stuff end up on my @artstationhq tonight so keep your eyes peeled!!! Anyway let's go with these iterations, not gonna spam all at once yet 🐭⚔ #art #artist #conceptart #conceptdesign #conceptartist #mouseguard #darekzabrocki #world #environment #scifiart #fantasyart

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Mouse Guard is set in a human-less world inhabited by animals who have advanced to a medieval times analogue. The story follows the exploits of the titular honour guard, elite mouse warrior assigned with the crucial task of defending and escorting their compatriots in a world in which mice are at the bottom of the food chain. Two volumes of Mouse Guard, and a prequel series has been released by Boom! Studios since its debut in 2006.

Last Updated: June 27, 2019

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