Some bad news is coming from the Where the Wild Things Are camp. Remember how you watched what ended up being early test footage, and you thought the cold, impenetrable slab you call a heart might just feel again? How the warmth and charm of the clip, combined with the talent of Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers, and the original book, had you, your group's official movie guy, telling all your friends that this was the one to look forward to in 2009 (and that you were still sorry for building up Cloverfield so much)? Maybe it was just me.
Anyway, according to CHUD, it might be totally scrapped:
I'm hearing that just such a massive reshoot is what is on the table right now. And it's not because of technical issues, unless you want to consider the lead kid actor and the script technical issues. Sources tell me that the suits at Legendary and Warner Bros are not happy with Max Records, the actor playing Max, the mischievous boy who is crowned King of the Wild Things. Worse than that, they don't like the film's tone and want to go back to the script drawing board, possibly losing the Spike Jonze/Dave Eggers script when they do it. Apparently the film is too weird and 'too scary,' and the character of Max is being seen as not likable.
Of course, it only makes sense. All indications were that this was going to be a fun, unique, slightly scary movie--following the path of Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, and other films that still hold up as great, memorable children's entertainment. Why let that out of the gate, especially when another $20 million could probably get a shirtless Will Ferrell playing all the monsters?