Maurice Sendak on the Film Version of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

I had the pleasure of seeing Maurice Sendak speak during the very first residency of the Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program way back in 2003. During his talk, I learned that the delightful man had done a great deal more in his career than just write Where The Wild Things Are, but it is still that most famous of his books that comes to mind when I think of him.

It is therefore with great interest that I’ve been watching the development of the film adaptation of Wild Things, which is directed by Spike Jonze. The featurette that I’ve embedded above includes interviews with Sendak and Jonze, among others, and it really is “pretty damn great” (in the words of AICN’s Harry Knowles). Check it out, and leave your thoughts below. Do you think that Where The Wild Things Are will work as a film? Do you trust Sendak on this when he raves about it? I certainly do, but I’m curious to hear what you think.