Book endures long road to the big screen

After receiving a standing ovation at Tuesday’s “Where the Wild Things Are” premiere, book’s author Maurice Sendak told an excited crowd, including plenty of children, that the original title of his 1963 masterpiece was “Where the Wild Horses Are.”

“To my horror and to my editor’s horror, I could not draw horses,” Sendak told the Alice Tully Hall aud, which erupted into laughter.

At the MoMA after-party, Warner topper Alan Horn said he was relieved that the film was finally seeing the light of day. “It’s been quite a journey,” he said.

The turbulent, estimated $80 million journey of turning Sendak’s 338 words into a 100-minute movie was a daunting task from the get-go, according to producer Vincent Landay.

“Everybody has their own image of how the story comes to life in their heads. So the reality of making this movie, not only from a practical side of how the heck do we do this, but also how do we do it and still honor the book and Maurice and not embarrass him or ourselves was a challenge.”

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