I read an interview today in Newsweek with Where The Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak. It’s actually a Q&A with Sendak, director Spike Jonze and novelist-turned-screenwriter Dave Eggers. The three collaborated on the film adaptation of Sendak’s 1963 children’s book … now in a movie theater near you.
I’ve been waiting a long time for a Hollywood director to capitalize on The Little Prince, my favorite children’s book. Other than a short-lived anime cartoon called The Adventures of The Little Prince, which ran on the CBC when I was a kid, the story has (so far) enjoyed mostly literary success. Phew.
Wild Things on the other hand has Jumanji potential. I get it.
Since Joe reviews movies, I often go with him to preview screenings. He had to work late on the night of The Wild Things screening, so I can’t vouch for the movie. I can however vouch for Newsweek’s interview with Sendak. I love it not because of anything Jonze says or Eggers says, but because of everything Sendak says. He’s 81, surly, clever and highly quotable. I’d kill for this interview.
Look for Sendak’s take on Disney. (Page 3.) It’s a worthwhile read for that bit alone.