Spike Jonze‘s latest project has been stewing for years and he’s finally giving people a glimpse into the world of Where The Wild Things Are. No idea what I’m talking about? Here’s a brief summary of one of the greatest children’s books of all time.
Where The Wild Things Are was written by Maurice Sendak back in 1963. The short story beautifully illustrates (both literally and figuratively) the tale of young Max as he is sent to his room without any supper. While stewing in his own anger over the punishment his parent’s dealt to him, Max imagines a mystical forest growing in his room. The forest is then inhabited by Wild Things who Max learns to conquer and eventually lead. In the end, Max begins to realize that leading a group of Wild Things isn’t all that great and starts to experience extreme loneliness. His imaginative world evaporates and he returns to his bedroom with a warm supper waiting for him.
The simplicity and the illustrations are really what make this book stand out. There is obviously a larger meaning to Max’s loneliness and mischief, but on the surface the book is an exploration of the imagination. Jonze has been extremely hushed about the entire project for a long time really only letting people know that there won’t be very much CG involved at all, but this week he has finally let fans of the story in on some visuals.
Check out IMDB’s page on the flick to get some casting info and take a look at the movie poster below.