You can add Waldo to the list of rejuvenated children’s properties getting the big-screen treatment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Joining characters like Woody Woodpecker and Popeye, Waldo’s journey to the silver screen will be ushered along by Todd Berger, who created a huge amount of buzz with his Black List screenplay The Happytime Murders, which is being produced by Lionsgate.
Waldo, who originated in Britain with the name Wall, first appeared in 1987’s Where’s Waldo by Martin Handford. The man in the striped shirt and knit cap seemed to find himself always surrounded by legions of people, and leaving the often-difficult task of finding him up to the reader.
Waldo proved so popular that he starred in several subsequent books, as well as a short-lived animated series. Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon had been working on their own film version that would’ve involved a time-traveling Waldo, but MGM snagged the rights in November and is getting the ball rolling with Berger.
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