DreamWorks Animation has acquired an option on the movie rights to the Mice and Mystics board game. The development was first reported by Variety and then confirmed today on BoardGameGeek by Jerry Hawthorne, the game’s designer.

With an option, the studio holds the rights while it explores the concept and business case in greater depth.

Mice and Mystics is a story-focused adventure game about a group of loyal subjects who have been turned in to mice and are now trying to warn the King about the evil Vanestra.

According to Hawthorne, the movie project was instigated 4 years ago by director Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension), who was at the time playing the game with his 6 year old son.