MGM Now Has the Rights to Bring 'Where's Waldo' to the Big Screen
For those who didn't know, a big screen adaptation of the popular children's book series Where's Waldo has been in development for years. Most recently, Chris Meledandri and his Illumination Entertainment banner at Universal Pictures was said to be behind the project, but now Deadline reports MGM has picked up the feature film rights for what will be a live-action family adventure. The previous version of the story followed Waldo, a thirty-something who accidentally activates a malfunctioning time machine, sending him to various locations around the world and in different time periods, but that could have changed by now.
First published in 1987 across the pond (and originally titled Where's Wally), the books have served as great sources of entertainment for kids who have to find the red and white striped vagabond across the world, time and even in Hollywood (my favorite installment as a kid). The character is still as popular as ever with mobile games for the iPhone and iPad selling more than 4.6 million apps. The question is whether or not Waldo's friends like Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, twin sisters Wilma and Wenda or the villainous Odlaw will make appearances in the film adaptation. Once again, I'm wondering how much it helps the film to be associated with Where's Waldo if the story is original enough to distinguish itself outside of the established series of books and that make them dear to children across the world. Anyone interested?