Live-Action ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Film Headed to Theaters

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:39 am,

wheres waldo Live Action Wheres Waldo? Film Headed to Theaters

For over 20 years, children (and adults) around the world have lost themselves in the red and white world of Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo? books. Now,thanks to the efforts of Universal and Illumination Entertainment, the adventures of the bespectacled world traveler will be adapted to the big screen for a live-action family film.

According to reports, Universal claimed the rights to ‘Waldo’ after Paramount placed the project in turnaround. Warner Brothers was also in the running to acquire the project.

Since the Where’s Waldo? book series launched in 1987, the books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. But will book sales translate into ticket sales? Given that the books were nothing more than a game of hide-and-seek, it will be interesting to see what kind of plot emerges for this film. On the other hand, it will likely be a kid’s movie, so the plot probably doesn’t matter all that much (see Beverly Hills Chihuahua – or rather, don’t).

What do you think of a live-action  Where’s Waldo? film? Who would be a good choice to play Waldo? Any chance we’ll see an appearance from Waldo’s bizarro self, the evil Odlaw?

Source: Variety and The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. You got to be kidding.

  2. Actually BJ, it’s more like “You’ve got to be F***ING kidding me!”

  3. Wow, I don’t know what to say other than WTF!?!?!?!?!

  4. agree with both of ya.

  5. Jeez, I hope people stop going to these movies so Hollywood just slows down and doesn’t make everything possible into a movie. Next thing you know they’ll see a cardboard box on the street and make it into a trilogy. STOP THE MADNESS!

  6. Don’t give them ideas Stephen.

  7. FAIL.

    Wish I could piss money away like that.

  8. Give us new ideas.

  9. Damn! How is this even possible? I’m having a hard time imagining how it would be…

  10. They’re probably thinking a strictly kids/family movie, so while it might not be for everyone, it’s probably not as bad an idea as it sounds for the intended audience.

    Vic

  11. I don’t think you guys are giving this a fair chance. Being dead serious, this has a chance to be a very unique and interesting kids/family film. Stay with me here, for those of you with kids, how much fun would it be to watch a “Catch Me if You Can” kids film? Waldo is constantly moving from place to place always in the background and you have to find him as an audience. Kids would be constantly pointing at the screen and looking for him. Almost like an entire movie of Easter Eggs. And then for the DVD you add even more scenes for you to find him in.

    They could make it hard as well. Give Waldo a job and let the FBI or DHS hunt him down but he would always be wearing his trademark outfit.

    It’s not entirely about the story either. It just needs to flow enough to make sense from one scene to the next and then to make it more interesting…release the number of times people can actually FIND Waldo and have a contest to name all the locations 1st. What an ingenious way to increase ticket sales. They could do another contest when the DVD comes out with the extra scenes.

    WHat do you think?

  12. It’s gonna be about Waldo being the victim of prejudice because he wears red striped shirts, wears a sock on his head, and hides in crowds, then his new-found buddies (likely beginning with kids then transferring to their parents) will fight for his rights to wear socks and hide in crowds. Cause hey, wouldn’t we all like to hide in crowds and have feet-heads? ;)

  13. I have a jar of stale mayonnaise in my fridge – maybe i can license it to Hollywood and they can make a movie out of it.

  14. I’m glad tomorrow’s Wednesday. Open discussion. Man do I have some things I want to get off my chest.

  15. The Flat Stanley film can’t be too far behind…

  16. @Paul

    I don’t know man, that sounds pretty wild. It’s not that I don’t like the idea of an interactive family film, it’s just that I don’t think a studio would sign off on such an unconventional project.

  17. Hey, they had a Where’s Waldo? cartoon in the late eighties, early nineties. I remember watching a few episodes. Didn’t last very long, though.

    I vote for Jim Carrey in the role of Waldo!

  18. where’s waldo spy thriller
    starring Matt Damon
    BAM!
    if it were a B-movie, it could be so ridiculously sweet

    better yet, this is the fourth installment of the bourne series
    red and white-striped stealth spy.
    how’s that for injecting creativity into hollywood

  19. LMAO, youd get a shot of like an L.A. intersection and youd spot him in the corner of the screen and be like i see him. Seconds later gunfire breaks out cause waldo dressed in his infamous stripes was mistaken for a rival gang member and everyone be like where is he, we gotta save him but i suck at these puzzles. It’d be like Race to find waldo.

  20. Really?!? This must be a joke.

    They should just hide Waldo in real movies haha like Iron Man's flying by and you see Waldo walking around. That would be better than a full length Waldo film.

  21. Really?!? This must be a joke.

    They should just hide Waldo in real movies haha like Iron Man's flying by and you see Waldo walking around. That would be better than a full length Waldo film.

  22. i have an idea of a waldo movie but its nothin like the origial. Where’s waldo!is he titl not whre’s waldo? any way here it is :Where’s waldo!:of years he’s ben living n the woods, th govermnt denied it’s exising but are they right? o are they trying t hide smething? folow a fw pople trying to unreveal the mysterie of waldo as tey go to the woods to find him, and remember if you don’t find him, he’ll find you! muahhahahaha

  23. Where’s Waldo the live action movie? Well, I betcha that if anyone can find Waldo, they would be paid millions. Wanted posters would be placed all over town, and maybe people would be wearing special glasses or carrying around offical Waldo detectors to help them find Waldo, but they would have to first solve the riddles and clues to find his whereabouts. But he won’t be there for long.

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