I grew up on the Don Bluth animated film, The Secret of NIMH, it was pretty dark for a kids film, and had a much more serious tone, than some of the other kid films, but that's why I liked it so much. Paramount Pictures is the studio that wants to breathe life into the story once again.
The first film was done by MGM back in 1982. Both films are based on the book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, from author Robert C. O'Brien. The Illusionist director Neil Burger is in talks to write the script.There is also talk that this film would combine live-action and animation, like what they did with Alvin and the Chipmunks, only I hope this one turns out much better.
If you don't remember here is a little description from the book:
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.
They made a few changes in the first movie that didn't stick with the book, but the foundation of the story is still there. It's been a long time since I have watched the first movie, I'll have to watch it again now. There is no word on who will direct the film yet, but I hope that they make a decent film from the story. The time has come, where studio's are now looking at animated films for remakes.