‘Where The Wild Things Are’…..To Be Reshot!????

21 02 2008

I’ve been hearing nothing but bad news today in reference to the fate of Spike Jonze’s rendition of Where The Wild Things Are. This is a bummer. Chud is reporting that the suits over at Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are extremely unsatisfied with the film and are considering reshooting THE ENTIRE $75 MILLION FILM. Ridiculous. Check this:

“Yet I’m hearing that just such a massive reshoot is what is on the table right now. And it’s not because of technical issues, unless you want to consider the lead kid actor and the script technical issues. Sources tell me that the suits at Legendary and Warner Bros are not happy with Max Records, the actor playing Max, the mischievous boy who is crowned King of the Wild Things. Worse than that, they don’t like the film’s tone and want to go back to the script drawing board, possibly losing the Spike Jonze/Dave Eggers script when they do it. Apparently the film is too weird and ‘too scary,’ and the character of Max is being seen as not likable.”

Apparently, the test screenings last year yielded poor response. These are some of the respopnses to the test screenings, most of which I find to absolutely laughable, from /Film:

“I don’t think it’s for young children. They’d probably like the video version from ‘The Children’s Circle’ better.”

Another test screener writes:

“And some kids at my screening began to cry and asked their parents to leave, so that should give you an idea.” “The things are not cute. Max comes off a bit weird and off-putting ‘He slaps his mom!’ and he seems confused and not charming at all.” “No rumpus, no big set pieces, no ‘state-of-the-art’ lucrative sequences just some running around on some desert place and thats that.”

I hope this all blows over and we get to see what Jonze intended, as I trust his judgement. I always thought the story was failry dark. As for “The things are not cute,” they are monsters. Scary monsters that want to EAT Max. As for Max being “a bit weird and off-putting,” he is a bad little boy in a wolf suit, that dreams up a world of scary monsters. He threatens to eat his mother in the book. The leaked test footage looked cool enough, and wasn’t really anything according to Spike Jonze:

“that was a very early test with the sole purpose of just getting some footage to Ben our vfx (visual effects) supervisor to see if our vfx plan for the faces would work. The clip doesn’t look or feel anything like the movie, the Wild Thing suit is a very early cringy prototype, and the boy is a friend of ours Griffin who we had used in a Yeah Yeah Yeahs video we shot a few weeks before. We love him, but he is not in the actually film…Oh and that is not a wolf suit, its a lamb suit we bought on the internet. Talk to you later…“

Bottom line, this movie looks awesome and all the “negative” aspects I’ve been hearing about the film, seem like things I wanted to see in it. I’ve been excited about it for a long time and was glad that folks as great as Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers were involved. Hopefully everything works out and they get to show their film and I get to watch it. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open on this one, for sure.

The Test Footage:
**EDIT**: Sorry it’s been yanked off of youtube and I do not know how to do anything else, but you can watch it HERE!

The Story:

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