Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination'  Starring Ethan Hawke SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

MGM Give Up Search For Originality; Find 'Where’s Waldo?'

The Playlist By Sam Price | The Playlist November 8, 2011 at 12:20PM

Following on the heels of the news that a fresh version of “Popeye” will obliterate any lasting memory of the comparatively dignified Robert Altman film, not to mention the brain-searing whorl of “The Smurfs,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and the fact that the pillaging of similar cartoon properties continues undimmed, it’s perhaps unsurprising that MGM are seeking out everyone’s favorite bobble-hatted crowd-dweller Waldo (he of "Where's Waldo?") to get in on the action. Variety are reporting that this series of narrative-free picture books are set to be adapted into a live-action feature film, following on from several failed attempts to bring the defiantly non-agoraphobic ‘hero’ to the big screen since the 1990s.
0
PHOTO MGM Give Up Search For Originality; Find 'Where’s Waldo?'

Following on the heels of the news that a fresh version of “Popeye” will obliterate any lasting memory of the comparatively dignified Robert Altman film, not to mention the brain-searing whorl of “The Smurfs,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and the fact that the pillaging of similar cartoon properties continues undimmed, it’s perhaps unsurprising that MGM are seeking out everyone’s favorite bobble-hatted crowd-dweller Waldo (he of "Where's Waldo?") to get in on the action. Variety are reporting that this series of narrative-free picture books are set to be adapted into a live-action feature film, following on from several failed attempts to bring the defiantly non-agoraphobic ‘hero’ to the big screen since the 1990s.

If Hergé’s Tintin is the high watermark of this sort of thing, then Waldo is surely the cow-licked Belgian’s backward cousin – less Bob Woodward than the Banjo Boy from “Deliverance,” as his only discernible skill appears to be to stand in densely populated areas and grin at the reader. Waldo’s entourage also includes a snow-colored dog called Woof, an identically dressed woman called Wilma and – weary sigh – a sorcerer named Wizard Whitebeard. His “arch-nemesis” is the boss-eyed Odlaw, who dresses in yellow and black whilst struggling to find our said hero in exotic locales that invariably constitute a background that doesn’t blend well with red and white pinstripes. What’s fine for a simple point-and-search picture book, very well drawn by British illustrator Martin Handford, seems simply untenable for a feature film, but the numbers speak for themselves with 55 million copies of the books sold worldwide. And it’s no less stupid than Jennifer Lopez portraying Carmen Sandiego.

Presumably struggling to keep a straight face, Eric Ellenbogen, co-CEO of Classic Media, who will produce the project for MGM, blurted out “Waldo is the most searched-for character in the world. With thanks to MGM, fans everywhere will find Waldo in movie theaters with his motion picture debut.” Meanwhile that eternal question - “Where’s Waldo?” - currently begs the rejoinder, “Bent over the cash register.” Fans of those Richard Scarry books better watch their back.

This article is related to: MGM, Where's Waldo?


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates