Maurice Sendak, the author of the novel Where The Wild Things Are, which has been adapted for film by Spike Jonze, has given an amusing if caustic response to reports that some children had to leave a screening of the film due to disturbing imagery.
When asked by a Newsweek reporter how he’d respond to parents criticising the film for not being suitable for their children, he replied: “I would tell them to go to hell. That’s a question I will not tolerate.” While public relations gurus worldwide began to sob uncontrollably, Sendak expanded when asked to by the journalist. “If they can’t handle it, go home. Or wet your pants. Do whatever you like. But it’s not a question that can be answered.”
Jonze, on the other hand, was a little more diplomatic, and turned to screenwriter Dave Eggers. “Dave, you want to field that one?”
Where The Wild Things Are, originally authored by Maurice Sendak, will be released on 16 October in the United States. The film stars Max Records, Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo.