MGM Buys Movie Rights to Where’s Waldo
Classic Media has revealed that the movie rights to their book-based property Where’s Waldo? has been acquired by MGM, and there are plans to create a live action adaptation out of the classic children’s book and cartoon series. According to MGM’s president of Motion Picture Group Jonathan Glickman: “We are thrilled to be bringing the search for Waldo to the big screen. Along with our partners at Classic Media, we look forward to making a worldwide adventure that will appeal to Where’s Waldo? fans of all ages,”
Where’s Waldo?, which is also known in other parts of the world as Where’s Wally?, was created by Handford and published back in 1987. Its blend of lighthearted adventures and addictive puzzle-solving elements has since made it into a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 55 million books sold all over the globe, and a variety of merchandises and other media spin-offs, including a short-lived cartoon series and an extremely popular (4.6 million sold) app for the iPhone and iPad.
The movie adaptation will be under the supervision of MGM’s VP of production, Cassidy Lange, with Handford’s business partner Mike Gornall serving as exec producer. There are no scheduled release dates for the movie yet, as it has not yet entered the pre-production stage.