The film is more than an adaptation of one of the most popular kids’ books of all time; it has monster-sized talent behind it. Wild Things is directed with expectedly quirky aplomb by Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, various pyrotechnic skate films), with a screenplay written by certified kid-expert Dave Eggers, TED Prize winner, novelist (What Is the What?) and proprietor of the 826 Valencia and Once Upon a School nonprofits. Tom Hanks is one of the producers. The Jim Henson Creature Shop is handling the monsters, voiced by James Gandofini, among others. And Sendak is alive and well, thank you, and was able to consult on the movie as well (he apparently loves Jonze’s version).
In fact, scaring the bejeezus out of its younger audience would be all-too appropriate for this story. When Where the Wild Things Are first hit shelves in 1963, it was deemed too frightening and weird for kids and booksellers were hesitant to sell it. Now it’s considered a literary classic.