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Monday, February 18, 2008

Film What the Hell? Is This a Clip from Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are?

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Feb 18 at 2:15 PM


Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers’ adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are has been in the works for quite a while. (We’ve blogged about it before, here and here.) Which is weird, ‘cause through official channels, I’ve heard next to nothing about the film.

Over at AICN, they’ve got a brief clip from the film—maybe. Or maybe it’s some early, pre-production work that was done. Or maybe it’s something that’s been reshot. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. Nobody’s quite sure, though if AICN’s to be believed…

Warner Bros. has spent most of the weekend chasing a leaked clip from WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE around the internet…. Now, Iíve seen this film. Or rather, I saw a version of it. And I can tell you that thereís a reason this film isnít coming out in 2008 anymore. Thereís a lot of work left to do on it, and I wouldnít be surprised to hear about some fairly massive reshoots in the months ahead.

I wish I could be more specific, but because of how I saw it, I canít offer any sort of real review. I can tell you that thereís something odd about the clip above. The Wild Thing in that clip is Carrol, played in the version I saw by James Gandolfini. That is most definitely NOT Gandolfiniís voice in that clip though. But itís a very finished piece of film, because in the rough footage, none of the Wild Things have articulated faces. The costumes were all built to have immobile features that would be replaced in post-production by CGI, and it looks like this clip has had that work done on it.

Weird. Frustrating and intriguing and weird. The tone of that clip is great, and I kind of dig the lo-fi way it’s shot, but still… weird. Anyway, if you want to catch a glimpse of the clip, head over to AICN quick-like; I wouldn’t be surprised if Warner Bros. has them pull it down soon.


UPDATE. Found an embeddable clip on Hollywood Newsroom.


That's one burnt-out wild thing.

One burnt-out, voiced by Gary Busey Wild Thing.

The Wild Thing sounds like it was recorded in someones kitchen. And is that the LA observatory in the background @ 44 Sec.? So does the whole movie take place in Elysian Park, Los Angeles? How Odd.

Actually, the young boy in the lead role in this movie is from Portland. He's the son of an accomplished photographer who lives here. They've been keeping it hush-hush.

This is a screen test from 2005 shot in Griffith Park. The young actor is Griffin Armstorff. There were four scenes shot that day and all were improv by the actor. The actor has worked with Spike before in the Yeah Yeah Yeah video, "Y-Control".

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