North American rights to Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze’s documentary “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak” have been acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film is a look at one of the most cherished and controversial figures in children’s literature. The DVD will be released on March 2nd to coincide with the DVD release date of Jonze’s big screen adaptation of Sendak’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.” HBO previously acquired U.S. broadcast rights.
“Anything” tribute to Sendak, a seminal talent whose conflicts with success and lifelong obsession with death have subtly influenced his work. Now 81, Sendak is best known for his book “Where the Wild Things Are,” which he wrote twelve years into his career as a writer and illustrator.
“It’s great to have Spike stopping by the office to hang out,” commented Oscilloscope head Adam Yauch in a statement. “He is a good one to test the O-scope booby traps on, as he is rather spry on his feet. Currently Spike is hanging upside down by his left ankle, dangling from a palm tree. I’ll set him free shortly.”[Brian Brooks]