Universal has hired Spike Jonze to direct the Playtone-produced adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, the classic children's book by Maurice Sendak. Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce with John Carls and Sendak.
The Adaptation and Being John Malkovich director will helm the live-action film, which was originally developed as a CGI project.
Published in 1963, it's the story about a mischievous boy who is sent to bed without supper. In his room, Max uses his imagination to conjure up a forest populated by the wild things, exotic monsters who embrace Max as their ruler.
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Speaking of Spike Jonze, apparently there's a DVD out today called "The Selected Works of Spike Jonze", which features lots of shorts and videos.