Universal bringing “Where’s Waldo” to the big screen

Movie News | Jun 2nd, 2009

One of my favorite children’s book, Where’s Waldo?, is being made into a live-action family film! I used to love looking at these books, not necessarily trying to find Waldo but look at all the funny stuff that was happening around him. If you look close, you can see some pretty insane things happening which made me think this book wasn’t always meant for just kids. Let’s hope the movie is the same way and offers up something for kids and adults, and isn’t some piece of crap like the Garfield movies.

Several studios were in on the search, but Universal and Illumination Entertainment were the ones who found “Where’s Waldo?”

U and Chris Meledandri’s family film unit have acquired screen rights to turn the “Where’s Waldo?” book series into a live-action family pic. Deal was worth high-six against seven figures. Meledandri will produce.

Among other bidders, Warner Bros. chased the property for Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne’s Unique Features banner. The rights were brokered by Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen, who’ll be executive producer.

Written and illustrated by Martin Handford, the “Waldo” books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. The books contain complex, full-page illustrations of large crowd scenes in which the main character is somewhere hidden, dressed in a red-and-white shirt, a hat, glasses and a walking stick.
[Variety]

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