Where the Wild Things Are reshoots
Spike Jonze's film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are has run into trouble again, and re shoots will start on the 5th June. The film version of Maurice Sendak's children's book first hit trouble in February this year, and it seems the studio is still not happy.
The test screenings in February did not go well, and rumours began then of complete reshoots being required, and at least to some degree that's what has happened.
Where the Wild Things Are tells the story of a boy named Max who, after being sent to his room for misbehaving, creates his own world. The world is inhabited by strange creatures, but Max overcomes them with a scary look. The creatures eventually make him King of their little world. Max however get homesick and returns home.
The book is quite short but Spike Jonze was making it into a live action film starring Max Records, Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener and James Gandolfini. The original problem in February was rumoured on CHUD to be the likeability of the lead character, played by Records, the CGI effects used to create the monsters and the script. The film was also deemed to be quite scary and not the pure kids film that the studio had in mind.
Now Bloody Disgusting reports that re shoots will take place starting on June 5th, and continuing for the majority of June. There are no details on exactly what is being re shot at the moment.
It sounds like the studio is after a more child friendly film, but surely the original material speaks for its self. The last thing I'd want to see though is another film aimed at both an adult and child audience. Let's hope the re shoot does the job, and the film is released late next year as planned. Anyone else out there read the book, would you rather they left the book alone? Or are you looking forward to the film version?