One director to emerge in the last decade or so who has the potential to go on to great things is Spike Jonze, the man behind the wildly original and mystifying flicks Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (both of those movies are genius – although he didn’t write them, his creativity shined through brightly).
With those two films he has truly cemented himself as a weird and wonderful director to watch, and as far as I’m concerned he grabs attention with the sheer mention of his name being attached to any project. His career thus far has consisted of mainly shorts, documentaries and music videos, with only the aforementioned Being John Malkovich and Adaptation making up any full-length feature film experience.
Well his next film, which is his first since Adaptation, is Where The Wild Things Are, a family/fantasy-drama based on a classic childrens’ story.
Since we haven’t covered the film much here on Screen Rant, here’s the synopsis just to bring you a little bit into the realm of the know:
Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world–a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.
Now that you know what it’s all about, check out the fantastic first poster for it (click for larger version):
Isn’t that just fantastically original for a movie poster? I mean, how often do you see one which cuts off half the head of what is presumably one of the focal points of the film? I assume this won’t end up being the final (and definitely not the only) poster, but if it were up to me I would certainly make it the official one (am I alone in that?).
As another little look at the flick, there have already been a few images from it released. Here are a couple of them:
That’s just a couple, click here if you want a few more.
Where the Wild Things Are is a film that just adds to the list of those which have had trouble behind-the-scenes. Last year there were test screenings of the film (which is supposedly a family film as far as we know), and it went rather badly when the kids started crying and screaming because of the “monsters” on-screen. The film has gone through re-shoots and re-edits, as well as ”disastrous special effects.” And also the powers-that-be deemed some of the scenes to be ones which don’t “deliver for a broad-based audience.”
As a result, Warner Bros. decided to delay the release of the film, changing it from October 2008 to October 2009. Although that means we still have time to anticipate it (watching the various posters and trailers be released one by one), it also means that not only do we have another 6 months to wait, but we might end up seeing a version that’s been molded by the studio simply to be more commercially appealing. Which might even result in us not getting Jonze’ true vision – even though I’m sure a very welcomed director’s cut will hit shelves in a year or so, I really hope we get what was intended on the big-screen.
Here’s hoping Jonze can come to some agreement with the studio which allows him to keep his true vision through and through Wild Things, but still manages to make it somewhat widely appealing (which would garner Jonze some much deserved box-office success).
Hopefully we get a trailer for this one soon – I’m dying to see what Jonze has in store for us. But for now we have that brilliant poster to quench our thirst.