Nov. 18, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST
It's great and I'm thankful for this but I have to come back later to read the other 2/3 of it!
Nov. 18, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 7 a.m. CST
by Sherlock Holmes II
Hehe, always wanted to say that one! Hey, where's the "Give 'Em Hell Malone" stuff I sent to Quint? Are you all so resentful of Russell Mulcahy's superior directing abilities that you can't let him get any attention? Carpenters "gangster" flick? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!
Nov. 18, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST
This film looks great!
Nov. 18, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST
to the words "huge" and "unfettered". Nonetheless, good interview. Thank you, Mori.
Nov. 18, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST
...OK, I'll read the interview now.
Nov. 18, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST
Thanks Moriarty. This is the one film, apart from Avatar, that I'm looking forward to most in 2009. Where the Wild Things Are is my favorite book from my childhood. Jonze is so great and it's music to my ears to learn that WB has let him release the film the way he wants. And the pics are just icing on the cake! October can't come quick enough!
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST
It's heartening to see that the movie is actually going ahead. The level of thought, dedication and sophistication that appears to be going to into this film has turned it into one of my most eagerly awaited movies. 2009 certainly promises to make up for the poor year in film that was 2008.
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST
Terrific interview, Mori. Those pictures look like he completely, utterly nailed it.
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
.. H. R. Puf'n'Stuf in silhouette. Give us some better photos, damn it!
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST
Can't wait to take my little nieces and nephews.
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST
Hope you didn't have to transcribe this yourself :)
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST
I am looking foward to this,Spike has only done 2 features but 2 awesome features at that. My only problem so far is it looks like there just on some island,it doesnt look heavyly stylized like in the book.With CGI it could look exactly like the book and since its half CGI anyway it could of captured the book to a T. Anyway im still stooked for this.
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST
I'm really looking forward to this! I was a little bit concerned about the effects work in the early stages but it looks like they've pulled it off!!
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST
First, I am breathing a sigh of relief that Warners isn't going to screw with this and that they're letting spike do his own thing. But also, what a great interview! It truly makes me wish I could do what you do. Again, thanks.
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST
that was 30 minutes well spent
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST
Nice interview, if not a wee long, but great information none-the-less. But those two photos at the end wrapped it up nicely. If the movie overall reflects anything close to those two shots, I'll be very happy.
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST
Haven't we seen enough CGI for things like this? I really miss the techniques used in 80's movies, where the objects are actually right there in front of the actor, and not added later via a green screen. Having these characters created with CGI would make this project rather soulless. I'm very glad that Spike has decided to go with actual furry monsters on the set...
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST
It's all in the execution and to what degree the effect has on your suspension of disbelief. I think it's disingenuous to assume that, as LordPorkington said, "...characters created with CGI would make this project rather soulless." I can think of just as many projects done with practical effects that made me say, "that's a cute effect", but still removed me from the narrative as I can CGI effects that did not upset the flow of the story -- or even further immersed me in the tale.
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST
I can't wait for this. Thanks for clearing up some of the rumors. Couldn't be more excited.
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST
Can't wait to see this.
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST
We were a happy part of this bizarre geek confluence: http://tinyurl.com/5bo6ja Still a favorite moment.
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST
...I really thought this film had been stolen away and given The Full Disney by now.
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST
I always wondered if you could be that not precious with CGI and such, its so cool I'm afraid the cognition has been reduced to oatmeal, this just sounds incredible in every way.
Nov. 18, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST
by Rando Calrisian
I've been waiting for some good news about this project, and this just got me sooo pumped. I can not wait to see the Wild Things in motion. Thank you!
Nov. 18, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST
What a mess of an interview. Edit down the questions at least. Jesus.
Nov. 18, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST
This one is special.
Nov. 18, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST
Absolutely stellar interview, Mori. In-depth, fascinating... and relieving! <p> The only thing you guys didn't cover that I was interested in was Spike's thoughts on that footage that leaked online a few months ago.
Nov. 18, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST
It would've been a great feature on the DVD down the road. I was looking forward to this before, but I'm absolutely jumping out of my skin for it now. If there is anyone who could've brought this story to life with even a shred of dignity, it's Spike.
Nov. 18, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST
Loved the interview. I like the "shootin' the shit" feeling of it. For a second, I thought maybe you talked too much, but then I kinda got the vibe you REALLY have to draw Spike out and you definitely did. Big time kudos on this one. Can't wait to read about Kick-Ass.
Nov. 18, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST
Great read Drew. The film looks beautiful. Australia is fucking mythic.
Nov. 18, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST
...is just a training manual for being a furry.
Nov. 18, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST
Why did Max get to eat his supper in the end? Even as a kid I always thought that was a copout.
Nov. 18, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST
...Sendak interviewed once and he was talking about the fact that the story ends with Max finding his dinner and "...it was still hot". His editor apparently wanted to change it to "warm" instead, but Sendak insisted that it had to be "still hot". Apart from just sounding better, I think the idea is that dinner represents his mom's love...so after having his big wild tantrum (as represented by the Wild Things and the Wild Rumpus) he can calm down again and his mom will still love him. So dinner can't just be tepid or lukewarm...it has to be hot. Also, for Max this isn't really the same night...he has been on a long long journey...the returning hero should at least get supper.
Nov. 18, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST
I can't wait for him to be able to see it.
Nov. 18, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST
by Rickey Henderson
If the wild rumpus doesn't involve bondage tape, trapezes, and ostrich feathers, Rickey refuses to let his children see this!
Nov. 18, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST
Does a naked Robin Williams appear in this?
Nov. 18, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST
this was amazing, lots of really cool information about the film, but more importantly, just a lot of picking the brain of a great director! I'm officially seriously excited for this film.<p>one question though, how long was the version you saw? I'm still thinking this doesn't have to be more than 90 minutes, if that. but I don't know how much they've punched up the story.
Nov. 18, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
Spike is one of the few under the age of 50 film directors out there worth a damn. Add PTA, Fincher, and Cuaron to the short list.
Nov. 18, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST
Good interview, about the best I've ever read or seen with Spike Jones.
Nov. 18, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST
What a fantastic way to approach this. I'm sure some idiot parents will complain because it isn't the Jim Carrey Studio Version of Where the Wild Things Are, but who gives a shit. THIS is the version I want for sure, and I bet this is the version I will be proud to show my kid.
Nov. 18, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST
to use CGI. A non CGI Hulk would have made 600 million.
Nov. 18, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST
master manipulator about five years ago, writing a letter to the NY Times about how he'd cheated his way to the top of publishing by feigning love with the woman he married, who happened to be head-editor of his publisher? <p>He also went on a big apologist spree about all the people's lives he'd destroyed on his way up, and how he'd manipulated people into claiming his work to be far more brilliant than it actually is, such as paying off respected reviewers, et al. This was around 2003 or so, and I'm still surprised he's respected and can get work. Unless the whole thing was a big hoax from his detractors, but it seemed genuine at the time. Does anyone know?</p>
Nov. 18, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST
...but I do remember the time Dave sucked me off.
Nov. 18, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST
I've been ranting for a long time about a non-CG Hulk. It could be done using a method like they used with Mr. Hyde in The League. That practical effects there were easily the best part of the film.
Nov. 18, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST
Here's the article he supposedly wrote, but I've never seen any verification as to whether it's authentic: An Open Apology to the Greater Literary Community From Dave Eggers http://tinyurl.com/5pjo8q
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST
by Chicken Thunder
They said it was shit, and that at a screening for everyone who worked on it that 40 per cent thought it was shit, ten percent thought it was mildly alright, and the other 50 percent were so indifferent and pissed off with the whole thing that they couldn't care less. Sounds like a winner, these delayed ones always are.
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST
100% of your post was shit.
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST
In summary, take your adhd pills and learn to fucking read.
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST
Shut up you lazy pussies. <p> GREAT interview with a visionary director.
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST
by Chicken Thunder
Me reporting exactly what I was told by someone who was there is 100% shit, is it? I don't care about this movie, i'm not hating it, just passing on info. You're just a little fanboy troll. Quick, let's have PS3 vs 360 argument. Spastic.
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST
I can't believe you'd think Dave Eggers actually wrote a poorly written apology in a NEWSGROUP. That should have been your first clue right there. The spelling mistakes and overall absurdity of it should have been your second. And did you read any of it? He was 'exposed' as having written anonymous scathing reviews on Amazon? Uh...how does one go about exposing completely anonymous comments? You think someone working at Amazon said "Hey, that IP address looks like Dave Eggers! What a jerk!"
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST
Where the Wild Things Are will be tossing your salad.
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST
Since you obviously don't already know this, let me spell it out for you. Your second hand information is worth shit. If you read the fucking interview the Jonze states that he's just finalised his edit. No effects have been completed. If a screening has taken place its not even close to a finished version of this film. But you read the headline and just couldn't wait to pass on your "someone told me" story to all the adoring Chicken Thunder fans. Tell me, did you take this "someones" cock out of your mouth long enough to say "Great story" or did you just go extra deep to show your appreciation? Good talking to you. Later fucker.
Nov. 18, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST
Very relieved to hear that Warner let Spike have his way. Kudos to them for that one. Now all they need to do is release TRT next halloween and everything is gravy.
Nov. 18, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST
That must have made you feel like a big man, huh? You sure showed that guy.
Nov. 18, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST
I'm so relieved Jonze's vision doesn't appear to have been compromised.
Nov. 18, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST
seriously,like a hundred times! Anyhow,perfect director,awesome story. cool visuals. Can't wait! peace be to all who seek it
Nov. 18, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST
Great to see you took the time and effort to post your insightful comment. Now be a good little fella and run off and play. There's a good lad.
Nov. 18, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST
by ripper t. jones
I love the source material so much, I for one AM intrested in even second hand info on said project. So why don't you take your bullshit attempts to dictate the talkback and a belt sander cranked to 11, carefully bypass the genital warts and shove them up your over used ass.
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST
by JERRY HORROR
Wow. Being a longtime fan of AICN and Spike Jonze. Wow. This was a tremendous piece. I really am taken aback and impressed. As far as I am concerned this sets the bar for film coverage online. Not only that, of any medium. This interview reminded me of the awe I felt when I was a kid reading old "Starlogs" on long car trips. It bewilders me that in this day and age, a studio would allow a man to connect with his creative intentions. It certainly gives me hope. Hope that the next George Lucas or Steven Speilberg, lives down the block and is practicing his craft in his parents basement. At the end of the day, this article is what being a media geek is all about. This shit is passion, love and a tactile sense of giving a shit about the sentiments of being a human. This article has restored my faith. Fuck all the jaded, cynical haters! What are you doing to make your dreams come true?! This interview should inspire others (as it has me) to be a better artist. Very rarely does anything make me feel this way. Spike Jonze is a visionary, the whole world will watch him shine, where will you be? Will you be one step closer or still frustrated? Fuck all this nonsense, get out and create! I love movies and gossip and being amused. Get out there, show the world what you have inside. Technology has made it much easier for people to express themselves in new and exciting ways. I urge you, stop waiting for "The Dark Knight" on BluRay. Get out there and make your heroes proud. Honor people like Bob Kane by showing them how their work inspired you. Send a thank you letter to anyone who inspired you creatively. I live this shit, "we" love it. Honor the worderland that is our imaginations. Let your dreams be seen and heard. Thank you Mori, thank you Spike. www.myspace.com/jerryhorror
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST
I'm so glad to hear this movie is still happening, and that Spike's still on in full force. Great work Moriarty, really fun read!
Nov. 18, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST
Man this guy is head cock round these parts. The way he talks and shit, SO BAD ASS! In real life he must be one serious ass kicker. FUCK!
Nov. 18, 2008, 10 p.m. CST
This is the best piece i've read on AICN in quite a while.
Nov. 18, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST
Good People! You hack mother-fuckers cannot EVEN begin to fuck with him. Assholes! Bow before him! WORSHIP HIM BEFORE BE DESTROYS YOU!!
Nov. 18, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST
sounds like art :)
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST
I think this is a book that parents, librarians and schoolteachers foist on kids because it LOOKS like what they want kids to read.
Nov. 19, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST
I love the first still at the end of the interview. It conveys so much and yet has the feel of the book. I hated Being John Malkovich (more due to the miserablist script and structural inadequacies than the directing), but this interview shows that Jonze has more soul than that one-note Kaufman fest led me to believe. Can't wait to see it.
Nov. 19, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST
Kind of weird, but cheers anyway. And ripper t. jones, I wasn't attempting to dictate anything, just pointing out that you should read the fucking interview before you post anything. But to not do so, and just skip to the talkback so you can spread a worthless "someone told me it was shit" story is below contempt. Too many people hate for the sake of hating. And the fact that you're a huge fan of the material does not excuse the fact that you're a fucking idiot if you found a second hand "it is shit" comment interesting. What is MUCH more interesting is Mori gave us an interview with a fucking talented director who is obviously uncomfortable with interviews, and he dispelled a number of fears I had in terms of studio interference and the project in general. This is seriously the best news I have heard in a long time regarding this or any other flick I'm interested in. Have a good one.
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST
I never said I accepted it as fact; I was merely asking if anyone else had ever heard of the incident, because I would've thought that true or not, it would've done some amount of damage to his reputation due to the people that took it as gospel.<p> Then again I guess the only people that would even know who Eggers is would be smart enough to not be so gullible as not to take something at face value without further research or confirmation, like I was doing with my original post since Eggers was mentioned several times in this main article.</p>
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST
This article has 13942 words--about 80 pages, double spaced, 12 pt. font. Mori has just written his MA thesis.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST
Calling me little, that was the creme de la creme. You've got Internet psychology DOWN!!! I'm so offended and yet I have to write more!!!! You're the fucking Man, I am Not a Droid. THE FUCKING MAN!!! Swing those big invisible Internet balls around!
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST
I've never had my own personal cheerleader, but I kinda like it. Whatever I say, you RA RA about. It's good for my ego. Thanks, bud. It also helps explain your obsession with my balls. One suggestion though. Try laying off the exclamation marks next time. One per sentence is usually sufficient.
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST
i hope this is as awsome as i really really want it to be. i really liek that test footage that was released. i hope its that erie and dark. that book used to freak me out.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST
You never misfire!!! First you demoralize me by calling me little Jimmy!!! Genius move. And then check and mate with a delicious attempt to retake control of the situation, as having the biggest cock in the forum is the most important thing. You know, making yourself feel big. My favorite part is when you said: "later fucker." HAHAHAHAA!!!! Yeah! Later fucker. So cool, like you don't even give a damn. I'm going to be saying that all day long. Later fucker. That guy must have been crying himself to sleep that night.
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST
Go get your own chatroom to argue in. You both were enthusiastically positive about the interview. What the frell are you fighting about? Droid - I agree that Chicken Thunder was dumb for asking about the interview that he didn't read, but your backlash was kind of overkill and Jimmy was just trying to point that out. Now, both of you are insistent on getting the last word and it's screwing up the talkback. Knock it off. Don't make me turn this car around!
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
by Cap'n Jack
so pathetic. "Please like me Spike, I know Cuaron"
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
I like you. You're good value. You haven't actually said anything that's worth repeating, but you sure do like to quote me. And i haven't even said anything particularly noteworthy. What happens when i do? Will you get t-shirts made up? Bumper stickers? You're a good egg, little jimmy. Stick around.
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
Nov. 19, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST
Keep calling me Little Jimmy!!! It implies that you're big! Big!! That's what you being on the Internet trying to belittle people is all about after all!!! YOU'RE A BIG MAN!!!!
Nov. 19, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST
You've gone and become repetitive. Repetition is not a becoming quality, little jimmy. You must learn this so that one day you can become big jimmy. I know you have it in you. C'mon fella.
Nov. 19, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST
Nov. 19, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST
by The Angriest Planet
This is the kind of reporting/blogging/writing/whatever that first drew most of us to this site. One tends to forget when basically everything is a link to something else because there's so much competition these days. While my childhood memories are more about Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, I appreciate the hold Sendak's work has on the world. And creative passion is always great to hear from people I admire. I'm rambling cause I'm at the office and there are way too many distractions so in short...great interview. Great writing. Great. I know you're busy with the kids and screenwriting and jetsetting Mr. Moriarty but please drop as many bombs like this one as you can. Like that other guy said, it helps give us the strength to carry on in battle against creative lameness. Later, The A.P.
Nov. 19, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST
...that reason has prevailed in the hollowed Warner halls. Letting directors do their job has been the key to all their greatest successes over the last ten years, at least.
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST
- in saying that this is a great piece. Thank you, Mori and Spike!
Nov. 20, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST
will give kids' movies the kick in the butt that they sorely need right now.
Nov. 20, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST
I will gladly fork down a few bucks to check this out. Loved the book as a child...
Nov. 23, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST
That never get's old. You're the master.
Nov. 25, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST
I should get residuals.
Nov. 26, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST
by the Grobe
Sendak's work is what made me want to be an artist as a child. This interview is great because it wakes up those same basic emotions I had as a kid reading the book. God I hope they nailed it.
Nov. 27, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST
The whole project was in such turmoil for so long, I am grateful to hear a lot of solid good news.
Nov. 28, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST
...the fact that I transcripted this interview makes me sort of biased, but I think it's completely fascinating. I don't understand the whole thing about Moriarty's questions not being succint enough. The whole point of this interview is that it's a CONVERSATION; if it wasn't conducted in the way that it was than a lot of the most interesting information some of you guys were looking for would never have had a chance to be expressed. And I loved hearing Spike's comments about how long it took to edit and the process of getting the suits to act retroactively; it's all really fascinating, and regardless of whether Wild Things is an "epic" or not, it sounds like a movie that I'd love to see. Thank you for the interview Mr. Jonze, and thank you Moriarty for conducting it.
Nov. 28, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST
that interview. Wow that was long.
Dec. 2, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST
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