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Two kid flicks to look forward to: Where the Wild Things Are and the new Muppet Movie

wtwtaposter When I first heard that Hollywood was making a live-action version of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book Where the Wild Things Are , I groaned. (Yes, that's something we geeks do often). Then I discovered that the flick was being co-written and directed by Spike Jonze, and I actually started to get excited. If anyone could do justice to Sendak's fanciful illustrations and offbeat imagination, it was the director of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation . I can just imagine how he'll handle the whole "rumpus" sequence (which is my daughter's favorite, of course!) The film famously ran into some delays because Jonze's take on it was not, at least in execs' eyes, family-friendly enough. The director has been quoted as saying, "From the beginning, I told the studio, 'I don't think this is gonna be a movie for four-year-olds.' And I think they said 'Oh, okay,' but I think that when they saw it, that's another... you know, that's something else." Happily, he's rumored to be satisfied with the current version...so far. A trailer for the film will debut in front of this month's big kid-friendly release, Monsters vs. Aliens . The public got a glimpse at Jonze's vision back in January , when images from the movie were released. This week, we got a gander at the poster . All I can say is, RUMPUS! Another upcoming project that makes me equally thrilled: The new (yet, I believe, unofficial) Muppet movie, written by Jason Segel (of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and How I Met Your Mother fame) and Marshall director Nicholas Stoller. Ain't It Cool News got a peek at the script , and it sounds like a Henson-style hoot, a real throwback to the first free flicks. Warning: There are many spoilers contained in the article, but by the time the movie gets made, it very well may be completely different. I hope they keep the title though: The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time!!! Are you as giddy as I am? Or am I the only one who wants to relive my pop-culture youth alongside my kid?
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