Just like those 3D paintings with the image hidden inside of them, back in the ’90s, “Where’s Waldo?” had a pop cultural moment. Spawning multiple books, calendars, a brief television series, and even video games, the entire world was captivated with finding that glasses wearing dork in the striped shirt. So naturally, Hollywood has been trying to make a movie out of the property for years. And though the biggest hurdle at the moment might be making anybody care about a “Where’s Waldo?” movie, MGM are hoping to solve that riddle by hiring two people who’ve had a string of big, comedy successes.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are in talks to produce the movie. The duo have their comedy stamp on “Neighbors,” “The Night Before,” and “This Is The End” among others, so it perhaps suggests that MGM are willing to take some risks. But then again, “Where’s Waldo?” was lucrative because it appealed to all ages, so it’ll be interesting to see if Rogen and Goldberg pitch something raunchy, or take a creative turn towards something more broadly, mainstream friendly. The answer to that riddle may be solved by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, “The Night Before” writers who are tasked to pen this project.
So, we’ll where this goes. “Where’s Waldo?” has been kicking around as a potential movie forever, but it never landed with a duo as hot at the moment as Rogen and Goldberg. And maybe they’ll able to figure out how the character can transition to the big screen. [Variety]