On June 5th, reshoots are scheduled to begin in Los Angeles on Where the Wild Things Are, director Spike Jonze‘s borderline infamous adaptation of the classic, visceral and delightfully weird children’s book by Maurice Sendak. Jonze’s mission? Stop the nation’s emo kids (and parents) from crying and having vewey scary nightmares.
According to Bloody Disgusting, the reshoots, as ordered by Warner Bros., will continue for the duration of June, and casting calls for stand-ins are apparently happening as well. We recently tried to send out a Slashfilm Scanner to read Spike Jonze’s mind at a hip cafe in order to figure out the severity of the reshoots, but alas, the scanner’s head exploded all over Kirsten Dunst’s tank top/dangling cigarette.
Recently, Jonze’s film has received “everything is cool, I’d go see it” endorsements from actor/Wild Thing Tom Noonan and the film’s assistant editor James Haygood. Noonan told Cinematical during Cannes that not only was Jonze “perfect” for the job, but that Sendak was very hands-on and candid…
“Maurice Sendak was involved. We’d do these video conferences with him where he’d be like, ‘if you can’t be children, don’t be in the fucking movie.’ He’d say, ‘I want to see children. I don’t know any adults who are able to be children,’ and he’d give us these pep talks where he’d say, ‘don’t do what you always do, do what you’ve always needed to do.”
We’ll keep you posted as we learn/hear more. At this point, who knows how this will turn out.
With all the recent damage control we’ve seen for The Incredible Hulk, it’s odd that a similarly high profile film plagued with far more incessant and foreboding rumors, Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are, hasn’t received similar lip service from its studio or the talent involved. Over at The Playlist, the site’s blogger is snarkily cursing the Internet and geeks for jumping the gun and signaling “the red alert” now that the 2009 film’s assistant editor, James Haygood, has given a calm and collected update on the film’s status. Here’s what Haygood (Fincher’s The Game, Panic Room) told Studio Daily per WTWTA…
Can you talk a little bit more about Where the Wild Things Are?
I just spent the last year on it. It is an amazing project. Like all of Spike’s projects, there’s a complicated birthing process. But it’s a real special, one-of-a-kind thing. That was really fun, and it’s still going. I may go back for a couple months. They’ve gone on hiatus to shoot a couple things and write some stuff, so post-production took a break. I really look forward to seeing how that all comes together.”
Personally, and even if the film remains in Jonze’s hands as Haygood confirms here, I think it’s awesome, important even, for fans of Jonze to be vocal in their support of his artistic vision. Studios, even Warner Bros., listen to the Internet more and more attentively. Don’t hate the game, Playlist. The fact remains that Jonze’s film has been pushed back, way back, and the bad buzz is not just mindless speculation from birds on a wire in tight Star Wars t-shirts; Slashfilm has a finger on the pulse, and Chud based their “film might be entirely reshot” article on inside info. I’m always skeptical when the words “complicated birthing process” are put out there, but at least Haywood’s feelings ring optimistic.