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Where the Wild Things Are

Variety (via is reporting that Spike Jonez has signed up to direct a live action version of Where The Wild Things are. How very cool.

Apparently this was originally intended to be a CG movie, but Jonez wants to live action. Can’t decide which I’d like to see more.

10 Responses

  1. stimps 21 years ago

    I can’t think of anything I’d like to see less. I can’t imagine that they won’t screw it up massively.

  2. The story as I understand it:

    Disney got the rights to this movie in the early 1980’s. John Lasseter, employed by Disney but quite miserable, put together a combination CGI/Animated test of a Where the Wild Things Are scene, showing how the two could work together. Disney soundly rejected it, and later Lasseter was invited to try working with Pixar, which he accepted handily and started work on “Andrew and Wally B”.

    No doubt this property has been jangling around Hollywood for years and years, and now has a pretty interesting director attached to it. How much Tom Hanks brings to the concept, I’ll never know.

  3. I’d have to agree with Stimps except that it’s Jonez and I can’t think of a better outlet for his severely twisted view.

  4. Big Throbber 21 years ago

    Why can’t a book just stay a book? Why’s everything got to be a fucking movie?

  5. Why can’t oral tradition just stay oral tradition?


  7. As someone that has read this book aloud at least once every day for the last 6 months, I am less than enthused.

    The book only has 9 full sentences, and has never made any sense to me. Does he send the wild things off to bed without their supper because he’s spiteful that his mom did that to him? Is that some sort of message about discipline?

    It’s a book and should be left that way.

  8. TheNintenGenius 21 years ago

    I can file this readily under “how the hell are they ever going to turn THAT into a movie?”

  9. Monkeyboy 21 years ago

    Sendak was interviewd on Fresh Air last week. It was actually a crushingly depressing interview. I had to turn it off the first time, but made it through the evening rebroadcast.

    If you are a fan, you can probably dig up the archive on the NPR website.

  10. “Why can’t a book just stay a book? Why’s everything got to be a fucking movie?”

    That’s exactly what I said when I found out. Remember Jumanji? Urgh. I mean, it was fun, but it certainly wasn’t the book.

    Make a Snowcrash movie, or a Terry Pratchett movie. Something that has more than 20 pages and gosh, some dialogue.