One of the holy-shit-I-can’t-wait-for-it film projects that’s coming up in the next few years is Spike Jonze’s adaptation Maruice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, which has been one of my very favorite books since I was roughly three-years-old. It’ll be directed by Jonze, adapted by Jonze & Dave Eggers, and the whole thing’s been sanctioned by Sendak.
And they’re having open casting calls for the film… including one in Seattle.
The bad news: You've got to be a boy between the ages of seven and 11. (Usually I've cursed the fact that I look like I'm about 12 years old--getting carded to go to R-rated movies at the age of 26 is not a pleasurable experience--but now my charming youthful naïveté and exuberance is, somehow, not young enough. Maybe if I go in walking on my knees....) Full details:
OPEN CASTING CALLS FOR YOUNG ACTORS TO BE HELD FOR FILM VERSION OF WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Young acting hopefuls will have an opportunity to make their wildest dreams come true at open auditions for Where The Wild Things Are, being held in various cities, including Seattle, on July 8, 2006. Warner Bros. Pictures will hold open casting calls for the central role of MAX in the film, being directed by Spike Jonze.
The screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak's award-winning book, Where The Wild Things Are follows the adventures of Max, a headstrong young boy who runs away from home and finds himself in a thriving forest bordering a vast sea. Misunderstood and rebellious, Max sets sail to the land of the wild things where mischief reigns.
The casting call is open to all boys, ages seven (7) to eleven (11) years old.
All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
WHEN: Saturday, July 8, 2006
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: In Seattle:
University Tower Hotel
4507 Brooklyn Avenue, N.E.
Seattle, Washington 98105
Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures, Where The Wild Things Are is a Playtone/Wild Things Production of a Spike Jonze Film. Spike Jonze is directing the film from a screenplay by Jonze & Dave Eggers. The screen story is by Michael Goldenberg and Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers, based on the classic book by Maurice Sendak. The film is being produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak and John Carls. The executive producers are Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.