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A film based on the Where's Wally? series of books has been pursued by various studios. Nickelodeon was the one of the studios to take an interest in the idea but when the regime at Paramount (Nickelodeon's parent company) changed, the project was cancelled. In June 2009, it was announced that Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment had acquired the rights to turn Where's Wally? into a live-action film,[1] but the project was also cancelled.[2]

In November 2011, MGM and Classic Media announced that a live-action film based on the Where's Wally? series is in development.[3] Screenwriter Todd Berger has been hired to write the story for the film, which was slated to be released in the summer of 2015.[4] On March 9, 2016, Deadline reported that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are in talks to produce the film with their producing partner James Weaver while Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir will write the film, under their Point Grey Pictures banner.[5]

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References

  1. "'Waldo' finds his way to the bigscreen – Entertainment News, Film News, Media", Variety, 1 June 2009. Retrieved on 1 June 2009. 
  2. Debruge, Peter. "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal", July 17, 2013. Retrieved on July 18, 2013. “At the same time, Illumination has scrapped a number of planned movie ideas. “Waldo” and a Tim Burton-helmed, stop-motion “The Addams Family” are dead. The company abandoned a Woody Woodpecker pic, and couldn’t crack “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”” 
  3. "MGM Acquires Film Rights To Where’s Waldo? Franchise, Eyes Live-Action Pic", 7 November 2011. Retrieved on 7 November 2011. 
  4. Sivadel, Sulai. "‘Where’s Waldo?’ Movie Snags a Writer". ScreenRant. http://screenrant.com/waldo-movie-todd-berger-sulai-142589/. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  5. Fleming, Jr, Mike (March 9, 2016). "Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg To Spearhead ‘Where’s Waldo’ For MGM". Deadline. http://deadline.com/2016/03/where-waldo-seth-rogen-evan-goldberg-mgm-classic-media-1201716970/.

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