Things are getting real in the wold of Where the Wild Things Are… finally!
We’re used to seeing lots of images and trailers and various other marketing items to get us excited for movies. But now, this fairy tale project that we once thought we may never get to see is drawing near, and with recent word of a trailer coming soon, a bunch of new images have been released by Warner Bros., along with the birth of a new website. The website is just the title so far, but I’m sure more will be added soon.
This is the definitely the best set of images we’ve seen yet. There’s been some great looks from time-to-time, but here you get multiple great looks at the beasts and Max, and even Max at home with his mother (played by Catherine Keener).
The images come courtesy of USA Today, who was also able to chat with director Spike Jonze, who had some great things to say about the movie.
Click over for lots of quotes and better yet, some of the best images that you’ll see!
Speaking of his connection to the story:
As a kid, I just connected to it. I wanted to hear it over and over. It’s like trying to explain why you love somebody. To me, the Wild Things are both cuddly and dangerous. I wanted to climb atop of them like Max.
The best part of this whole thing, is that it’s not just some director making an adaptation. Spike Jonze has known author of the 1963 book, Maurice Sendak since 1995, so there’s trust there. This about passion, not just making a movie, and that, my friends, is where special things are created. Sendak even insisted that Jonze make the movie his own personal story. This is where the movie gets its dark elements, and goes beyond just a children’s tale.
I never thought of it as a children’s movie. My intention was to be true to how it felt to be 9 years old. Maurice’s whole thing is to be honest. You can say anything to kids as long as you are respectful and not pandering.
This is also why Jonze insisted on the Wild Things being physically there, and not completely computer animated, which would have been much easier.
I wanted them to actually be there. I think as a kid I wouldn’t imagine it as a cartoon. I would imagine they were in my world. There’s a danger with Max being there on a real location. Dangerous and exciting.
This is all strikingly similar to Watchmen, if you ask me. A director taking on a project that they are so completely passionate about (hell, Zack Snyder made Watchmen JUST so no one else would screw it up!), both distributed by Warner Brothers. Maybe other studios will start looking at WB and start letting film makers make films and not just products. That’d be super-duper.
[Source: via /Film]