We are staring into the abyss, people. Word is that the Spike Jonze/Dave Eggers adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are is in big trouble. The folks at Warner Bros are apparently unhappy with both the child-lead, Max Records, and the tone of the film itself (which is being described as “too dark,” “too scary,” and “subversive”) and are considering massive re-shoots. The movie has already been pushed back to 2009, and I’m starting to seriously worry that it might slip into development hell, never to emerge. A possible silver-lining: there’s a chance that Jonze has a final cut provision in his contract, which would mean he could refuse the re-shoot demands, but then WB could always replace him with a director more willing to cooperate. Either way, we lose. Fuck you, Warner Bros, leave this one alone. Let it see the light of day.
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