Great news for lovers of children’s literature: The Where’s Waldo? movie we’ve been hearing about since June of 2009 is finally seeing the light of day — thanks to a financial boost from MGM.
The studio is working on a live-action film version of the much-loved picture-book series that became a global sensation with sales of 55 million books and translations in more than 30 languages. Yep, that gangly, boggle-eyed, red-and-white-striped jumper and pom-pom hat-wearing man with a talent for getting lost in crowds is finally making it to the big screen in a family adventure film. MGM Studios has purchased the rights to Where’s Waldo, as the series is known in the US and Canada. Waldo goes by “Charlie” in France, “Walter” in German, “Holger” in Denmark, and “Wally” in Australia. With so many identities, it’s no wonder Waldo can’t stay in one place for longer than five minutes!
Created by Martin Handford in 1987, the Waldo franchise had morphed into a cartoon series, a comic strip, and multi-console video game by the mid-1990s. These days, Wal spends most of his time dodging our peepers via apps for Apple iPhones and iPads.
“Waldo is the most searched-for character in the world,” says Eric Ellenbogen, co-CEO of MGM’s partner Classic Media. “With thanks to MGM, fans everywhere will find Waldo in movie theatres with his motion picture debut.”
Well, we might take issue with that assessment. Isn’t Kim Kardashian “the most searched-for character in the world?”
MGM’s still on the hunt for a screenwriter to get to work on penning the project. News of Waldo’s big screen arrival comes just days after reports surfaced linking Jennifer Lopez to a film adaptation featuring rogue detective Carmen Sandiego: another animated character that rose to prominence between the Bush-Clinton era.