Got a small boy nearby that you wouldn't mind subjecting to some Wild Things? Is he yours? Do you both live in New York?

Then head on over The Church of St. Paul the Apostle (60th & Columbus) on Saturday, July 8th (between 10am and 4pm), because that's where WB will be holding an open casting call for Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, which is the big-screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak's well-beloved book. The casting directors are looking for young boys between the ages of 7 and 11. (No, Michael Jackson does not work for the casting directors. Matter of fact, all kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

Adapted for the screen by Jonze (Adaptation.), Michael Goldenberg (Contact), and award-winning author / first-time screenwriter Dave Eggers, Where the Wild Things Are tells the story of "Max, a headstrong young boy who runs away from home and finds himself in a thriving forest bordering a vast sea. Misunderstood and rebellious, Max sets sail to the land of the wild things were mischief reigns."

The live-action / animation combo will star Benicio Del Toro, Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Catherine O'Hara, and ... maybe your kid.
 
 
(I don't have a link source to share, because this press release came via email. Here's what it looks like...)

OPEN CASTING CALLS FOR YOUNG ACTORS TO BE HELD
FOR FILM VERSION OF WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Young acting hopefuls will have an opportunity to make their wildest dreams come true at open auditions for Where The Wild Things Are, being held in various cities, including New York, on July 8, 2006. Warner Bros. Pictures will hold open casting calls for the central role of MAX in the film, being directed by Spike Jonze.
The screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak's award-winning book, Where The Wild Things Are follows the adventures of Max, a headstrong young boy who runs away from home and finds himself in a thriving forest bordering a vast sea.  Misunderstood and rebellious, Max sets sail to the land of the wild things where mischief reigns.
 
The casting call is open to all boys, ages seven (7) to eleven (11) years old.
 
All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WHEN:            
Saturday, July 8, 2006
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:            
In New York:
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
60th at Columbus
Lower Level – Main Auditorium
 
Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures, Where The Wild Things Are is a Playtone/Wild Things Production of a Spike Jonze Film.  Spike Jonze is directing the film from a screenplay by Jonze & Dave Eggers. The screen story is by Michael Goldenberg and Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers, based on the classic book by Maurice Sendak.  The film is being produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak and John Carls.  The executive producers are Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.