Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Good News, Bad news? YOU DECIDE

From SciFi.com:

Warner Brothers has acquired a film based on Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are from Universal Pictures, which had placed it in turnaround, Variety reported.

Spike Jonze will direct from a script he and novelist Dave Eggers wrote. It's expected to get under way late in the year, the trade paper reported.

Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing, along with Sendak and John Carls.

Figuring out a way to turn the 338-word Wild Things story into a movie has been a long process, with multiple helmers and writers weighing in. Details of the Jonze-Eggers version have been closely held, but the movie will be a live-action feature that will likely require a sizable computer-animation budget.

The current vision of the movie has the strong support of Sendak, who told The New York Times in October, "I am in love with it. If Spike and Dave do not do this movie now, I would just as soon not see any version of it ever get made."