In a rather surprising piece of news, Spike Jonze’s (Being John Malkovich) adaptation of the popular children’s book, Where The Wild Things Are, is reportedly getting an IMAX release. Several sources are confirming that it was mentioned at a “Future of IMAX” panel in San Diego yesterday, although no specific release date has been set for its release in that bigger format.

IMAX has become almost a given when it comes to the summer’s biggest blockbuster movies. But that’s what makes this news so surprising: IMAX is usually reserved for such blockbuster fare as Harry Potter and Transformers, or kids’ animated movies like Ice Age and The Polar Express, or even nature and space documentaries. Where The Wild Things Are isn’t any of those things.

Is it the fact that Wild Things is based on one of the most popular children’s books of all time, or that it will contain the sort of eye-popping visuals we’ve seen in the trailer – and are those two factors enough for a movie to do well in IMAX? Regardless of the answer, to me this just isn’t the type of film that we usually see on that gargantuan screen.

Could this be the film that changes that trend?…

To me, Wild Things is the kind of film where you should be able to see everything crisp and clear, which won’t be possible in IMAX; even in the best seats you’ll have to turn your head to get a decent view of all points of the screen. I’ll just shell-out for the regular size screen, thank you very much.

Where The Wild Things Are stars Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, and Max Records, and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Dano and Tom Noonan.

As stated, no specific date has been set for the Where The Wild Things Are IMAX release, but speculation is that it will be released on the same day as the regular version, which is October 16th in the US, and December 11th in the UK, both in 2009.

Sources: FirstShowing and Cinemablend