“Where The Wild Things Are” Sequel On Kickstarter Gets A Takedown Notice
“Where The Wild Things Are” is a children’s picture book written by Maurice Sendak that was originally published by Harper & Row. The book has been adapted into an animated short and a feature film. The book sold over 19 million copies as of 2009 and 10 million of those were in the United States. Unfortunately, Sendak passed away on May 8, 2012.
British illustrators Geoffrey Todd and Rich Berner launched a bid on Kickstarter to fund a sequel for the book. The sequel ended up being shut down after publishers for Sendak objected to it. Todd and Berner wanted to $38,750 for the project called Back to the Wild. The book was going to pick up where Sendak left off and it would have been dedicated to his memory. Kickstarter removed the project after receiving a legal notice from HarperCollins.
Last year, Sendak was announced why he refused to create a sequel. He said “People said, ‘Why didn’t you do Wild Things 2? Wild Things 1 was such a success’. Go to hell. Go to hell. I don’t do those things.”