Universal has green-lit an animated version of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Adding more intrigue to the project, Disney veterans Eric Golderg and David Reynolds (THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE) have been signed to direct and write the film respectively. Goldberg co-directed POCAHONTAS and was a key animator on such films as ALADDIN, HERCULES and FANTASIA 2000. Due to the fact that Tom Hanks' Playtone Prods. is producing the film, the TOY STORY star will most likely be a member of the voice cast. The book was originally published in 1963 and won the Caldecott Medal. The story follows mischievous Max who is punished by his parents after scaring the neighbors with his wolf costume. After he is sent to bed without dinner, he delves into an imaginary world where the monsters make him their king. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in Thanksgiving 2004 or summer 2005.