MGM Making ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Movie

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It’s been over a year since we first reported that a Where’s Waldo? movie was being made, and we’re fairly sure that a lot of people hoped that this project would be one that simply fell into development limbo, never to return.

After all, with board games and toys like Monopoly, Stretch Armstrong, Risk and Battleship also getting the movie treatment, people have been pretty vocal about the fact that this latest Hollywood trend is one they wouldn’t mind seeing vanish before it even fully begins….Especially when you’re talking about a feature film based on a children’s picture book.

Well, if you were hoping never to see Where’s Waldo? on the big screen, we’re sorry to disappoint you: MGM (which has wormed its out of a major bankruptcy in the last year), is indeed moving forward with the film adaptation of Martin Handford and Classic Media’s bestselling picture book series (55 million copies sold worldwide and counting – not to mention millions of video games and smartphone apps).

The film is (understandably) being envisioned as a family-friendly adventure, which MGM Motion Pictures president Jonathan Glickman described as such:

“We are thrilled to be bringing the search for Waldo to the big screen. Along with our partners at Classic Media, we look forward to making a worldwide adventure that will appeal to ‘Where’s Waldo?’ fans of all ages,”

Aside from the logical and obvious move of marketing the adaptation of a children’s book series to a family demographic, there is one question that looms large over this whole project: what do you make a Where’s Waldo? movie about?

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It’s not hard to cook up a plot whose themes and ideas could play upon the Waldo premise (finding oneself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc., seems like an obvious metaphor). However, how do you make a film that honors what the game of Waldo was all about, instead of making a hollow and generic film that is only related to the brand in shallow, contrived ways?

One idea (which seems pretty smart, if I’m being honest) would be to use the actual canvas of film to create a sort of “Where’s Waldo?” visual game for the viewing audience. Meaning: lots a of shots and sequences packed with visual gags and Easter-eggs that viewers could discover upon repeated viewing of the film. Another idea would be having the master-of-subterfuge himself (Waldo) camaflouged in many shots, again tasking the viewers to interact with the film in a uniquely meta way.

For now official details are sparse, but there’s no doubt that we’ll be learning more as the film rolls into development – including the plot, characters, and director who will be bringing it all to life.

We’ll keep you updated on Where’s Waldo? as we hear more.

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  1. Waldo should never actually appear in the movie, then the lawsuits can run rampant…

  2. So are we going to be staring at a still image on a cinema screen every twenty mins until we find him? What if you find him really quickly? Then you have to sit around waiting for every last person in the cinema to find him before getting on with it. ^-^

  3. He’s called “Wally” in the UK. I dunno why.

  4. Not every single thing from my childhood needs to be made into a movie!

  5. It will be the most expensive movie ever made. Shot in every country around the world. The wardrobe department’s budget is also the largest ever as they employ thousands of people to stand in groups wheres the same costume.

  6. If this isn’t a psychological thriller…no thanks.
    I want to be mind f’ed. Is Waldo real or isn’t he?, where is he if he is?, Is he good or the Villain?

    • Heck yeah! That’d be awesome! Waldo has to deal with heavy themes like existentialism, the meaning of life, individualism.

      “Waldo realizes that before people can find him, he needs to find himself…”

      ROFL and if they use the above for marketing the movie, I am going to laugh my ass off!

  7. It’s official…..Hollywood is dead!

  8. Instead of making a whole film why don’t MGM just keep putting him in various films. It would be awesome for him to suddenly turn up in a bond film! Ha


    • Too late. I heard the possibility of that film happening several months ago.

      • Hellraiser?

  10. If they make it in a similar corkey fashion as Pee Wee’s big adventure it could be decent.

  11. Base it on the cartoon series. That was fun to watch as a kid.

  12. Why??????? Why in the world would they make a waldo move?!?!?!?!?!?

    • For the same reason why, there trying to make a Carmen Sandiego movie?

  13. Correct me if I’m wrong, which I know you will, but in the books didn’t you have to find Waldo, his dog, the wizard guy…, and a scroll?

    If that’s the case and I’m just spit balling here maybe we could have this old dude aka the wizard guy send Waldo off to find the lost scrolls of the library of Alexandria.

  14. Why?

  15. It could be about how his family is trying to find him for a family reunion, and he travels all over the world and they can never find him. Always finding someone who is dressed, and sort of looked like him.

  16. The battleship movie is bad enough! Not to mention Monopoly and Pacmam, among others. *sigh*

  17. I found Waldo sleeping in my bed after eating all my porridge once! I kicked his ass all the way down the street. Crafty b*st*rd!