Maurice Sendak wrote what is now possibly the most beloved children’s story of all time: Where the Wild Things Are. A film is being released this Friday, October the 16th that will be loosely based on the classic tale. The creative minds behind the project are Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze. Both Eggers and Jonze have made their mark in their respective fields. As a fiction writer and editor, Dave Eggers has garnered all kinds of acclaim, and his writing has often been compared to the legendary David Foster Wallace, arguably a genius of the written word.
On the contrary, Spike Jonze, has had anything but a normal career in the film industry. Jonze’s films are original, sometimes mind-boggling, and surprisingly kindhearted. Jonze’s film choices have never been ordinary, which is why Where The Wild Things Are fits perfectly into that scheme. The film will be nearly nothing like the book, of course, we can expect Sendak’s original message to be embedded within the film, but the plot is very different.
Children’s books rarely have much plot, a direct adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s book would only last about ten minutes on a movie screen. Lucky for us, as viewers, the men behind the film are masterful storytellers. Dave Eggers recently wrote a novel based on the film script. The book is called The Wild Things and has already hit bookshelves in hard cover. Critics say this film is one of the most highly anticipated book adaptations in a long time. This film has audiences of all ages thrilled to go to the theater. “There’s One in All of Us.” Check out the movie this upcoming Friday. What do you think?