Spike Jonze rendition of Maurice Sendak's book Where The Wild Things Are looks absolutely mindblowing.
After meeting with Sendak and getting his blessings, Jonze set out to take the classic children's book and make it his own, developing characters out of the wild beasts that populated the pages of the original 1963 illustrated work.
While Jonze was eating dinner with Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Julian Gross of Liars his two friends suggested a mutual friend of theirs, Sonny Gerasimowicz for the job of designing the characters and building their appearance on the personalities depicted by the script, according to Chris Lee of the LA Times.
Sonny Gerasimowicz was told to capture personality as opposed to copying Sendak's style.
The movie looks like its going to be another excellent Jonze work and the special effects look fantastic. It seems as if he's really captured the mischief and the little struggles of childhood that the book is really about.
"What I've seen him do, he turned it into his, but without giving up mine, but embodying mine with Spike Jonze, and its astonishing me at how it maintains its peculiarness as a work," said Sendak.
Jonze wants to keep the message of the book in the movie. He wants to keep the movie about a child that uses his imagination to conquer his emotions and feelings.
"He [Maurice Sendak] said 'you have to make it dangerous, make something that respects kids, and doesn't talk down to them' or it wasn't worth doing" says Jonze.
"There will be controversy, but the film has an entire emotional spiritual visual life which is as valid as the book, he's done it like me whether he's doin it or not, but in a more brilliant modernand fantastical way which takes nothing from my book, but enhances and enriches my book," says Sendak, showing how happy he is with Jonze's work.
Controversy has surrounded the book since it was first published. The book was banned from many libraries and schools upon publication as the illustrations scared some children and the book had undertones of rebellion towards parents and at one point the protagonist is even telling his mother that he is going to eat her.
Spike Jonze is a great director and everyone should be very excited to see how this movie turns out! It will be released on October 16th in theaters around the United states.
An interesting fact: The first draft of the book was called "Where The Horses Are," but when Sendak started working on the illustrations he realized that he couldn't draw horses, so he just changed it to "Things." Sendak didn't like horses when he was growing up, so he used them as the Wild Things that Max would end up taming.
Another interesting fact: At the beginning of the book the illustrations do not take up the entire page, and text tells the story. As Max begins to use his imagination, the pictures get larger and the lines of text get smaller. When max begins to tame the creatures, the opposite happens and by the end of the book the illustrations are back to their original size.