UPDATE: The strange news just continues with this project.? The guys over at CHUD are reporting that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are considering reshooting the entire picture!? Damn, that’s like tossing $75 million down the drain and going in an entirely different direction.
“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.”
my friend BC, who watches a horror movie a day, caught the screening and liked what he saw, but I’ve also been told that the movie is ‘subversive,’ which is just the sort of thing that drives studio suits up the wall. The film, I keep hearing, is pretty great at this early stage of post-production, but it could very possibly not be a commercial movie. You can imagine the panic at Warner Bros when they realized they’d made a reportedly 75 million dollar kiddie art house film.
To which you’ve got to say, well what the hell did you expect? You know, if you want a safe kiddie pic don’t hire Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers to do so.? Warner Bros. reaps what they sow and now if this is true, then only fans are gonna get shafted.? Will we ever see this version of the film?
Finally confirmed directly from Spike Jonze, the speculative Where the Wild Things Are footage that popped up over the weekend, was in fact, early test footage.
?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…? – Spike Jonze
So there ya go. In case you were really still wondering. Where the Wild Things Are has been pushed back until 2009, under speculation that the VFX are taking longer than planned, reshoots are necessary and the studio is overall unhappy with the dark tone of the film.