DreamWorks Animation is in final negotiations for the movie rights to the role-playing board game, Mice and Mystics.
Alexandre Aja is attached to direct the film adaptation as well as co-write the script with Aquaman scribe David Leslie Johnson.
Mice and Mystics is a role-playing game in which players are loyal to the king, but to escape the clutches of the evil Vanestra, they have been turned into mice imprisoned in a seaside castle. They face a number of adversaries such as rats, cockroaches and spiders as well as the castle’s house cat, Brodie.
The film is to be produced by Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg. Lee founded Vertigo with Doug Davison in 2002. His credits include The Ring, The Grudge, It, the LEGO movies and The Departed.
Berg joined Vertigo last year after serving as Warner Bros.’ co-president of production for a year and overseeing the studio’s DC films, along with DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns.
NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion in 2016, making it a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Its next title is How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.