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07.13.2008by:
Despite its title, no one has any clue WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, until now. Amidst many reports of reshoots and re-castings, and studio unhappiness over Spike Jonze’s decidedly dark version of the classic children's novel, the LA Times recently spoke with Warner Bros. studio chief Alan Horn, who had this to say about the project:

"We've given him more money and, even more importantly, more time for him to work on the film," Horn said. "We'd like to find a common ground that represents Spike's vision but still offers a film that really delivers for a broad-based audience. We obviously still have a challenge on our hands. But I wouldn't call it a problem, simply a challenge. No one wants to turn this into a bland, sanitized studio movie. This is a very special piece of material and we're just trying to get it right."

That sounds like a lot of spin on a bad situation to me, and I can't imagine the frustration Spike Jonze must be experiencing over this. On the other hand, maybe Warner Bros. is right and his version really just doesn't work. Either way, it's been pulled from their 2009 and schedule, and the wait continues.

Extra Tidbit: Either way, thank God for the director's cut.
Source: LA Times

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10:22AM on 07/15/2008

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They'll have no choice but to make a director's cut. Once the movie comes out, people will WANT to see what the original version looks like. Even if it sucks, people will want to see it.
They'll have no choice but to make a director's cut. Once the movie comes out, people will WANT to see what the original version looks like. Even if it sucks, people will want to see it.
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11:10AM on 07/14/2008

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Have they confirmed that there WILL BE a director's cut? Did I miss that?
Have they confirmed that there WILL BE a director's cut? Did I miss that?
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10:35AM on 07/14/2008
I give Alan Horn props for so eloquently phrasing that statement. The book is indeed a classic. But too, it's not dark like a Roald Dahl story, though the Wild Things of the title are pretty menacing in their appearance. But I have virtually no idea what Jonze had in store here that got the suits so worried, and if he made it too twisted, then that would be reason to intervene, because the story isn't.
I give Alan Horn props for so eloquently phrasing that statement. The book is indeed a classic. But too, it's not dark like a Roald Dahl story, though the Wild Things of the title are pretty menacing in their appearance. But I have virtually no idea what Jonze had in store here that got the suits so worried, and if he made it too twisted, then that would be reason to intervene, because the story isn't.
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10:00AM on 07/14/2008

STUPID!

How did WB's not know what they were getting into when they hired Spike! Did they not see his previous work? I am sure Spike's version is flawless and it upset's me that the studio is trying to make it into a fucking Narnia Film!
How did WB's not know what they were getting into when they hired Spike! Did they not see his previous work? I am sure Spike's version is flawless and it upset's me that the studio is trying to make it into a fucking Narnia Film!
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3:04AM on 07/14/2008
Benj, y'know, 'twisted' doesn't necessarily have to imply the likes of Lovecraft, Blackwood, et al.

It can simply mean 'strange' or 'unusual' or such.

Besides, a lot of great children's entertainments have been relatively gruesome. Are you familiar, for example, with the sad tale of multiple-amputee Nick Chopper?

And if the movie scares a few kids, so what? I'm sure some kids left the theaters screaming when they saw 'Time Bandits' too. And I'm sure some kids even got freaked out by
Benj, y'know, 'twisted' doesn't necessarily have to imply the likes of Lovecraft, Blackwood, et al.

It can simply mean 'strange' or 'unusual' or such.

Besides, a lot of great children's entertainments have been relatively gruesome. Are you familiar, for example, with the sad tale of multiple-amputee Nick Chopper?

And if the movie scares a few kids, so what? I'm sure some kids left the theaters screaming when they saw 'Time Bandits' too. And I'm sure some kids even got freaked out by something as innocuous as 'The Care Bears Movie'.

That said, the movie could very well be a piece of $#!+. But I'm inclined to trust the director, and not the suits.
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11:33PM on 07/13/2008
I read somewhere that in the test screening kids were crying and begging to be let out of the theater.

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FROM THE ARTICLE:
Test screening audiences have complained that the film is too adult and even too scary for children. One audience member wrote:

“I don’t think it’s for young children. They’d probably like the video version from ‘The Children’s Circle’ better.”

Another test screener writes:

“And some kids at my screening began to cry and asked their parents to leave,
I read somewhere that in the test screening kids were crying and begging to be let out of the theater.

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FROM THE ARTICLE:
Test screening audiences have complained that the film is too adult and even too scary for children. One audience member wrote:

“I don’t think it’s for young children. They’d probably like the video version from ‘The Children’s Circle’ better.”

Another test screener writes:

“And some kids at my screening began to cry and asked their parents to leave, so that should give you an idea.” “The things are not cute. Max comes off a bit weird and off-putting ‘He slaps his mom!’ and he seems confused and not charming at all.” “No rumpus, no big set pieces, no ’state-of-the-art’ lucrative sequences just some running around on some desert place and thats that.” /ARTICLE

I mean, despite the awesomeness of a more adult Wild Things, remember, this IS a kid's book and a kid's film, so I think all the geeks should just wait for the director's cut and stop complaining about this.
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11:14PM on 07/13/2008
This is just sad. It's their money and their rights... so I guess Jonze is just stuck in the middle of it all.

Hopefully this film doesn't blow because the powers that be think they know what audiences want to see.
This is just sad. It's their money and their rights... so I guess Jonze is just stuck in the middle of it all.

Hopefully this film doesn't blow because the powers that be think they know what audiences want to see.
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10:40PM on 07/13/2008
Shadowalker, it wasn't very twisted at all. A little dark in the sense that being a kid away from home with weird monsters may be dark, but they weren't exactly H.P. Lovecraft for kids.
Shadowalker, it wasn't very twisted at all. A little dark in the sense that being a kid away from home with weird monsters may be dark, but they weren't exactly H.P. Lovecraft for kids.
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10:13PM on 07/13/2008
Whoa, that's A LOT of spin in Horn's statement...I'm amazed he didn't get dizzy just thinking it, let alone actually saying it.

And would someone PLEASE remind the suits that the most successful, best remembered children's movies are usually the dark an' twisted ones ('Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', Gilliam's 'Time Bandits', 'The Neverending Story', Cuaron's 'A Little Princess', Disney's 'Pinocchio'...hell, even 'Shrek')!

And, while it's been years since I've read the original
Whoa, that's A LOT of spin in Horn's statement...I'm amazed he didn't get dizzy just thinking it, let alone actually saying it.

And would someone PLEASE remind the suits that the most successful, best remembered children's movies are usually the dark an' twisted ones ('Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', Gilliam's 'Time Bandits', 'The Neverending Story', Cuaron's 'A Little Princess', Disney's 'Pinocchio'...hell, even 'Shrek')!

And, while it's been years since I've read the original 'Where the Wild Things Are', what I remember liking best about it was that it was, yes, dark an' twisted...and that the kid was, well, kind of a brat (as was Calvin from 'Calvin & Hobbes'...another classic).

Sheesh.
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10:10PM on 07/13/2008
this is saddening, i was really looking forward to this, i hope something can be worked out soon. Hopefully if the studio leaves Spike alone there wont be a need for a directors cut, but i dont see that happening.
this is saddening, i was really looking forward to this, i hope something can be worked out soon. Hopefully if the studio leaves Spike alone there wont be a need for a directors cut, but i dont see that happening.
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9:43PM on 07/13/2008
I agree, director's cuts are the shiznit. I don't really care about when this movie comes out, anymore, I'm just excited about the release of the director's cut.
I agree, director's cuts are the shiznit. I don't really care about when this movie comes out, anymore, I'm just excited about the release of the director's cut.
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