Warner Brother's President Updates Where the Wild Things Are Progress
While the reshoot fiasco involving Where the Wild Things Are never reached the levels of insanity that Jon Favreau on Iron Man 2 did, it's still one of the most controversial issues still being discussed. The LA Times finally jumped on the whole debacle and started investigating themselves, eventually working their way up to Warner Brothers President Alan Horn, who provided a much needed update on the recent progress with the film. If you need a refresher regarding why reshoots were even necessary, you can read this article first and this one second. Horn explains that they've given Spike Jonze additional money and more time to work on the films in hope that he'll patch it up before they scrap the whole thing entirely.
For the first time ever, it sounds like someone at Warner Brothers understands what's going on. And as far as I can tell, unless this is some PR bullsh*t, they're not trying to turn it into something that it isn't, they're instead trying to improve upon it and make it better. Here is what Horn told the LA Times:
"We've given him more money and, even more importantly, more time for him to work on the film," Horn said. "We'd like to find a common ground that represents Spike's vision but still offers a film that really delivers for a broad-based audience. We obviously still have a challenge on our hands. But I wouldn't call it a problem, simply a challenge. No one wants to turn this into a bland, sanitized studio movie. This is a very special piece of material and we're just trying to get it right."
Horn also explained that they sometimes do take risks with creative filmmakers like Jonze and they're hoping this one still turns out the way they wanted it to. "But we remain confident that Spike is going to figure things out and at the end of the day we'll have an artistically compelling movie." At this point I don't have much to say, because I haven't seen any of the film and can't comment on whether this is moving in the right direction or not. However, I've heard that Jonze is doing the reshoots himself. With this update from Horn, it sounds like they're not taking the project out of his hands (as was originally speculated), instead, they're giving Jonze more time and money to go back a second time to improve the film. I'm a bit more confident now and hopefully this means we truly will see the version Jonze intended.