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MGM has purchased the rights to the classic children's picture book series 'Where's Waldo?' with the intent of producing a live-action film. No word yet on when we may see the wayward, candy-stripped hero on the screen or if the studio has any inclination on who they would want to cast in the role. While it may have been a while since any of us picked up a 'Where's Waldo?' book, the financial earning power of the character is staggering. The books have sold over 55 million copies worldwide and the bespectacled main character Waldo has also appeared in apps for the iPhone and iPad.
I know children's books have yielded profitable, and sometimes legitimately quality, family films over the years, but I just don't know about this move by MGM. There is going to have to be a serious overhaul of concept from page to screen, as no audience is going to abide 90 minutes of staring at crowded still images and being tasked with finding Waldo. Clearly a story will have to be developed that expands that concept. I wonder if any elements of the cartoon series will find their way into the film. I can almost guarantee that a current or former member of the 'Saturday Night Live' cast will find himself donning the red-and-white sweater and glasses when the time comes.
Or, if comedy troupe The Imponderables are correct, maybe we'll get a more action-centric 'Where's Waldo' like this...