Spike Jonze's where the wild things are

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As you may have heard, movie maverick Spike Jonze is making a movie of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's classic Where the Wild Things Are. If you've seen any of Spike's work, such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation or his video for the Beastie Boys song "Sabotage" (a personal favorite of mine), you may agree his quirky style is perfect to bring Wild Things to the screen.

I took a look at the sneak peak clip from the link above (which may or may not still be up by the time you check it out) and it seemed...interesting. I'm not so sure it will work for children, but parents who loved the book when they were kids may get more out of it. Of course, not being a kid (at least in theory) and not being a critic of kids' movies I can't say how this will go.

The movie is set to be released in 2009 and stars heavyweights James Gandolfini and Forest Whitaker as well as Catherine Keener and, one of my personal favorites, Catherine O'Hara. I for one can't wait. I also hope this trend of adapting kids' books for the big screen stays on for a while. I'm always interested to see how adults interpret the stories they loved as children.

Pic of Wild Things by ernestch.

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