Tracking Board reports that Seth Rogen and his writing/directing partner Evan Goldberg will be developing a feature version of the classic children’s book character Waldo. At this point, Seth and Evan are only attached as producers with their company Point Grey coming onboard to the MGM project.
Here’s the report on the live-action project
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to produce MGM’s adaptation of the classic children’s book series WHERE’S WALDO, sources close to The Tracking Board have confirmed. Rogen and Goldberg are producing through their Point Grey shingle, bringing new life into the project that had stalled after a series of studio moves.
The live-action family story, based on the books from illustrator Martin Handford and published by Classic Media, centers around Waldo, the janitor/inventor who wears a distinctive red-and-white shirt with glasses, a stocking cap, and a walking stick. As he embarks on adventures, traveling through space and time, he often appears in colorful, crowded scenes from the past, the present – even the future. An early iteration of the script built upon the time-traveling element, where Waldo accidentally actives a time machine and must find a way to get back to the love of his life, Wilma.
The script has seen a number of drafts over the years, with writers Marc Hyman, Adam Rifkin, Adam Cooper, Michael Berg and, most recently, Todd Berger all contributing. Rogen and Goldberg join producers Roger Birnbaum of Roger Birnbaum Productions and Tom Engelman. Eric Ellenbogen is executive producing for Classic Media Productions. James Weaver will oversee for Point Grey, while Cassidy Lange and Tabitha Shick will oversee for MGM.
I have my doubts they’ll be directing if it’s PG or PG-13 film, considering the how the Green Hornet turned out previously. It’s interesting that the pair are indeed moving towards other studios besides Sony, after the whole international incident with The Interview.
Their next venture is the R-rated animated feature Sausage Party coming out on August 12th, 2016.
SOURCE: TRACKING BOARD