The monster in this week’s comic reminds somewhat of Wild Thing from one of my favorite childhood picture books: Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. I haven’t seen those characters in ages, but it shows you how things you loved as a child can influence you in adulthood. How wonderful to have those illustrations buried away in my subconscious and suddenly find it pushing to the surface and having an influence in my own art work. Anyway, it made me recall the book and than I remembered reading something about a film version a while back.
The film is being made by Spike Jonze (director) and Dave Eggers (screenplay) and stars Max Records as the little boy, Max and Forest Whitaker doing the voice of Wild Thing. IMDB shows some big names like James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener listed but not which roll they are voicing. I’m glad to see the film is not animated but will have large puppet like monsters as well as humans – (in the same vein as say, Pan’s Labyrinth).
I did some research and found that Warner Brother’s (whose site was no help at all) has had some trouble with the film as screen tests had some kids crying and asking their parents to take them out of the theater. Of course, this made me chuckle and want to see it even more. The word ‘subversive’ was thrown around which made the WB suits nervous and reshoots were rumored. According to IMDB, the film is in post-production and the 2008 release was pushed to 2009.
I really hope they let Jonze and Eggers have final cut because a little subversive is way more interesting than full blown kiddie flick. Nothing wrong with films for small children, but it’s so rare we get one with fairy-tale like stories that are geared towards a more cerebral audience. Give me that with a nice dose of darkness and I’m in heaven, you know? 😛
Thanks for indulging me in my movie talk this week. I’m really a huge film fan and sort of lay off of that subject here because I could easily end up with a film blahhhg and that’s not what I’m going for. I just figured a good deal of you would remember the book and be interested in the film production, so why not?
Don’t forget Convergence 14 this week! I’ll have a table with GingerDead and Friends art prints and other GD goodies. Jim will be with me with some kick ass chainmail jewelery. The vendors area is open to the public, no laminate badge needed, so come by and say hi. Also, be sure to check out the events listing for the bands, dj’d events, fashion show and more.
As always, your haiku comments are much desired. Rawrr!