'Where the Wild Things Are' gets long-awaited release date

Hipsters, rejoice! Director Spike Jonze’s much-anticipated Where the Wild Things Are has finally found a new release date. The big-screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s tale will hit theaters on October 16, 2009 — almost a year after it was originally scheduled to open. Still, that’s better than never opening at all, which many feared would be the beleaguered project’s fate when Warner Bros. removed it from its release slate in July. It seems the issues Warners execs were having with Jonze’s live-action take on the beloved story have been assuaged by a new cut the director delivered earlier this month. This new version, says one inside source, features Jonze’s re-shoots — specifically smaller scenes added to bolster the storyline between Max, played by newcomer Max Records, and the Wild Things. Now Jonze will work furiously to bring the Wild Things’ faces to life with CG animation, a task he’s confident he can complete by next October. 

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  • B

    I’m stoked for this. It looks promising!

  • mage?!

    I know every word to this book, I had this book read to me as a child and I have read it all of my kids and some of my nephews. I wish this the most success!
    “The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another…”

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  • Sven

    Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak! (80 today, 12 September)

  • John

    Hollywood really does find a way to ruin everything about your childhood, doesn’t it? How are they going to stretch this into a feature length film? By adding a bunch of typical Hollywood slop, that’s how. Some things are better left alone; we don’t have to wring the life out of every great idea of the past, just because we’re too lazy to create something new. When will they learn?!

  • bob loblaw

    spike jonze doesn’t produce typical Hollywood slop

  • Em

    I really, really, really want this to be good. I wouldn’t be able to bear it if yet another of my very favorite picture books was ruined by its cinema treatment.

  • Taylor

    Max Records pictures (hes starring in it)


  • …?

    Yes! Im so excited for this movie!

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