Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corporation today announced that Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) and produced by Playtone (Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman), will be simultaneously released to both IMAX(R) and conventional theatres on October 16, 2009. Where the Wild Things Are, which chronicles the timeless adventures of a young boy’s imaginary journey to a land of “Wild Things,” will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology.
Where the Wild Things Are is based on the classic book by Maurice Sendak. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for “Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year,” the popular adventure tale continues to captivate audiences of every generation after four decades.
“We’re excited to provide audiences and fans of such a beloved adventure the chance to experience it in IMAX,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “The imagery and sound in IMAX will help further immerse audiences directly into the land of Wild Things and we look forward to sharing it with them.”
“Where the Wild Things Are is an ideal addition to IMAX’s fall film slate,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We see this film as playing to audiences of all ages, and as our network continues to expand, we’re pleased to reach more moviegoers than ever before with a classic story told in an unparalleled format.”
“This title plays well to IMAX’s goal of providing moviegoers with an out-of-this-world adventure they cannot experience anywhere else,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We are thrilled to once again partner with Warner Bros. Pictures, our good friends at Playtone who we’ve shared so much success with over the years, and now Spike Jonze on his highly imaginative movie adaptation of this classic story.”
From director Spike Jonze and written by Spike Jonze Dave Eggers (Away We Go), comes a cinematic twist on one of the most acclaimed adventure stories of all time. Where the Wild Things Are,” features Catherine Keener, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Max Records, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper and Catherine O’Hara.