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Where are the wild things? Over there! with Dave Eggers!

It’s not necessarily news in the new sense, but Word Up just got wind of Spike Jonze’s latest project: production begins this summer on an animated version of Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are to be released in 2008. And who wrote the screenplay? None other than Dave Eggers.

Eggers, prince of a publishing empire, literary do-gooder, infamous author of the man-boy memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, told Salon last year that up till then, he’d avoided screenwriting, “but Spike is one of my favorite directors and "Malkovich" in particular is one of my very favorite movies. I don't know how much detail I can or should go into about "Wild Things," but it's very -- as you would expect from Spike -- it's not really what you would expect. It's what Maurice wants for the book.” Indeed. The almost-octegenarian Sendak told Maud Newton: “If Spike and Dave do not do this movie, now, I would just as soon not see any version of it ever get made."

Arch twee? Or for-real rumpus? It’ll probably depend on the soundtrack.

In the meantime, I’ll admit to excitement.

(And thanks goes to Sam for the heads up.)

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