Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Director Spike Jonze has finally responded to the Where the Wild Things Are video clip which has been circulating the internet since this weekend:
“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…”
The film has been pushed back until 2009. Word in the hills is that Warner Bros is extremely unhappy with the finished product. Test screening audiences have complained that the film is too adult and even too scary for children. One audience member wrote:
“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.”
Discuss: Would you be interested in seeing a more adult adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are? Or would you rather have a children’s movie closer to the tone to that of the book?