Wild about WILD THINGS

Back in June, when we first reported on the publishing surrounding Where The Wild Things are, we were under the impressio
This week’s story, “Max at Sea,” is taken from your forthcoming novel, “The Wild Things.” The book is loosely based on the screenplay you and Spike Jonze wrote for the film “Where the Wild Things Are,” which, of course, is based on the book by Maurice Sendak.
I thought it would be fun to do an all-ages expansion on the screenplay. And after a few years of working on the script with Spike, we had a lot of pages and ideas that wouldn’t fit into the actual movie; a script is about ninety pages, and even then, they’re ninety pretty sparse pages. So I went into the novelization thinking it would be a place to put all these passages and scenes that wouldn’t fit into the movie. And I did end up using a few of those scenes. But while I was working on the book, it was funny, because I started going in new directions, different from any of the screenplay versions, pushing it into some territory that was personal to me. So in a way the movie is more Spike’s version of Maurice’s book, and this novel is more my version.

More news is coming to light about Spike Jonze’s movie of Where The Wild Things Are. The full trailer (as opposed to the “teaser trailer” we posted back in April) is now flying around the web.

The movie was originally scheduled for last year, but according to reports, Warner wanted it to be changed substantially (in tests, it scared kids). It will be released in its original form on Oct. 16. We haven’t heard how that came about, but it’s not hard to imagine that the formidable triumvirate of director Spike Jones, author Maurice Sendak and screenplay writer Dave Eggers managed to face down the studio.

To see a larger version, go to the movie Web site. Also on the site is a video “featurette” of Maurice Sendak talking about how much he admires Jonze’s version of the book. Sendak says it will be controversial; as Dave Eggers says, Spike was interested in “re-fagging” the book, which was controversial in its own time, rather than talking down to kids.

There’s also more information on the Dave Eggers’ tie-in, Wild Things, which is a longer version of the story for 9- to 12-year-olds. This week, The New Yorker features a short story from the book, “Max at Sea.” In an online interview on the New Yorker site, Eggers says the book is different from the screenplay, pushing the story “…into some territory that was personal to me. So in a way the movie is more Spike’s version of Maurice’s book, and this novel is more my version.” He also talks about the fur-covered edition (yes, it’s fake fur).

The Wild Things
Dave Eggers
Retail Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: McSweeney’s – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 1934781614 / 9781934781616

The Wild Things (Fur-covered Edition)
Dave Eggers
Retail Price: $28.00
Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: McSweeney’s – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 1934781622 / 9781934781623

Blackstone is doing an audio version:

  • 7 Tapes; 1-4332-9732-8; $59.95
  • 1 Playaway; 1-4332-9739-7; $59.99
  • 1 MP3CD; 1-4332-9736-6; $29.95
  • 8 CD;1-4332-9733-5; $90.00

But, wait, there’s more — it will also be a video game (NOTE: A sharp-eyed reader just pointed out that there is an amusing error on the link; see if you can spot it. It’s the game makers, not ours!):

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