Wild Things

After 15 years, pre-production is finally under way for a Hollywood version of Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's classic Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak, now 77, will serve as producer on the film, with Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) directing a screenplay he's co-written with Dave Eggers (A Heart-breaking Work of Staggering Genius). "I don't know what to make of it, exactly," Sendak is quoted as saying in The New York Times, (10/23/05) "but I am so for it. I am in love with it. If Spike and Dave do not do this movie, now, I would just as soon not see any version of it ever get made." Pairing Eggers and Jonze sounds about right given the playfully irreverent nature of both and the tone of the source material. Er, not to mention its author: When asked what he thought of recent film versions of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Sendak said, "Only a seriously sick or brainless person could like them."

An animated version of Sendak's book is also available.