Spike Jonze Unveils New Where the Wild Things Are Photos!
by Alex Billington
November 18, 2008
Finally some new photos! As part of Moriarty's ludicrously long interview with Spike Jonze that was published today, two new photos from the long-awaited Where the Wild Things Are adaptation have been unveiled. As I'm sure most know, the project got stuck in some sort of development hell (almost literally) after a very bad test screening more than a year ago (read more about that here). It was so bad that Warner Brothers sent Jonze out again in order to reportedly reshoot most of the entire movie. If you've got the time to spare or are a big Spike Jonze fan, I highly suggest you read the full interview. If not, then take a quick look at these two new beautiful photos from the film below.
Click either of the photos below for a much bigger high res version courtesy of Ain't It Cool News.
My favorite quotes from the interview are about how honest the book is to kids. A woman, who had been given the book by her parents, came up to them at one of the screenings and said that, "when our parents got it for us, they didn't really know what it meant. But we knew what it meant." Jonze adds that, "I think somehow that book, and also Maurice's work, just taps into feelings kids have. And I know that I wouldn't have been able to say this when I was a kid, but looking back, there was something honest about it, and as a kid you're given so much stuff that's not honest and is just sort of pandering or whatever that when you are given something that's talking to you directly, you just sit up straight and connect to it and love it."
I still remain hopeful that we'll get to see most of Jonze's vision for the film in the end, despite the reshoots. "One of the things I was worried about is that the book is just so beloved to so many people. And as I started to have ideas for it, I was worried that I was just making what it means to me, and what the book triggers in me from when I was a kid. And I'd be worried that other people were gonna be disappointed, because it's like adapting a poem. It can mean so much to so many different people," Jonze says. But it was the author of the book, Maurice Sendak, who set him straight. "Maurice was very insistent that that's all I had to do… just make what it was to me, just to make something personal and make something that takes kids seriously and doesn't pander to them." I hope that honesty is what makes it so damn good in the end.
We don't yet know what the status of the release is for Where the Wild Things Are, but we'll be sure to provide you with the details once we know them. I'm still anxiously awaiting the opportunity to see Where the Wild Things Are - because I believe Spike has created something endearing, and potentially edgy, and I want to see what he has been able to do with such a beloved children's story. As always, stay tuned!
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
i like it 😀 got high hopes for this film and im pretty sure it'll be enjoyable and a big hit
cmedina on Nov 18, 2008
I loved this book as a child, and I am excited to see Spike Jonze's vision bring it to life. I can't wait!
e.mirchich on Nov 18, 2008
Brooke on Nov 18, 2008
Wonder if we'll get the chance to watch the original version, cuz I'm kinda curious to see what it was that the studios disliked so much about it.
Alfredo on Nov 18, 2008
I love it! Im going to go see this
Scott McHenry on Nov 18, 2008
my favorite book as a child, I can not wait!
Chris W on Nov 18, 2008
Reshoot the whole lead charector's scenes? Whaaaaaaa? Oh man i hope this is going to turn out well. I really love this book and other stories from the author. Damn you Warner Brothers!!!!!!
THERBLIG on Nov 18, 2008
i need more!! lol
slick rick on Nov 18, 2008
i still can't wait for this movie...
JL on Nov 18, 2008
those photos look really impressive. I'm excited for this.
-Peter- on Nov 18, 2008
nice photos... i hope it's quirky and dark.
cyn on Nov 18, 2008
They didn't replace Max Records at all if you actually read the interview.
Fuelbot on Nov 18, 2008
as a child i admit i found it perplexing,but the film looks to be good
twispious on Nov 18, 2008
I can't wait to see this film! I have a tshirt with an image from the book on it. Its one of my favorite shirts. 🙂 and wonderful pics from the film, makes me think it'll be good.
dave13 on Nov 18, 2008
Yo didnt they have to re shoot because it made kids cry then the child actor was growing so he looks taller in some parts and shorter than the others dude i loved the book but there so many set-backs its riduclous
Darren on Nov 18, 2008
Loved this book as a kid. Hope they dont mess it up.
John on Nov 19, 2008
I do like Where The Wild Things Are, cause Spike Jonze has done such a very good job, directing this movie, I do like the designs for the Wild Things, cause they all look similar to the book that Maurice Sendak has written many years ago. Max Records, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Dano, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Berry, Jr. all did wonderful jobs on playing their characters. For James Gandolfini and Max Records, I say they had such a very good friendship together when it comes to all the scenes that has their characters; Max and Carol, the dark & light brown striped Wild Thing, especially the tokens of affection that both Carol and Max gave to each other, I think that is very very nice, and very sweet, cause I think they're reminding each other of the friendship, love, and bond that they both still had together. I see James Gandolfini acting as the voice of Carol, and acting like a father figure to Max, while I also see Max Records acting as his own character; Max, and acting like a son figure to Carol. I am hoping there's going to be a sequel to this film, so we could find out on what happens to Max, if he's going back to the island of the Wild Things or not, and what will happen to Carol, if he's going to have a chance to apologize to Max for trying to EAT him and for what he had caused to make Max ran off on what Carol had said to him and maybe if Carol wants to see Max again, and be like a father to him, while Max can still be like a son to Carol. What do you think for a sequel? Thank you.
Rochelle Norlund on Oct 9, 2010
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