It’s been two years since we’ve heard anything about a live-action film adaptation of the Where’s Waldo? books, which was a great idea two years ago, and is still a great idea. So the news that MGM has picked up the rights and is moving forward with the idea is just very reassuring for all of us and let’s us know that we don’t live in a lazy world of aggressive mediocrity that is covered in a damp, unforgiving morass where ideas go to die. From Deadline:
This project was originally in the works at Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment, but that’s apparently no longer the case. Here’s the release from MGM today:
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 07, 2011) – MGM’s President of Motion Picture Group Jonathan Glickman today announced that the studio has secured feature film rights to bring Classic Media’s Where’s Waldo?® to the big screen in a live-action family adventure.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the search for Waldo to the big screen. Along with our partners at Classic Media, we look forward to making a worldwide adventure that will appeal to Where’s Waldo? fans of all ages,” Glickman said. “Waldo is the most searched-for character in the world,” said Eric Ellenbogen, co-CEO, Classic Media. “With thanks to MGM, fans everywhere will find Waldo in movie theaters with his motion picture debut.”
Fans of all ages? How many ages do these guys think they are talking about? It’s a puzzle book for children. About a guy who likes to go to festivals. He’s the most searched-for character in the world? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN!? Well, rest assured, the very idea of making those books into a movie is so great and strong and logical and compelling that even Hollywood would have a hard time messing it up as if they ever mess anything up just kidding they’re perfect. A++. Already at the theater. ONE ADULT WHERE’S WALDO FAN? FOR THE ALL-AGES SHOWING OF WHERE’S WALDO?: THE MOVIE, PLEASE, SULLEN 17-YEAR-OLD MOVIE THEATER EMPLOYEE!