After the undisputed success of Where the Wild Things Are, the film adaptation of the classic Maurice Sendak picture book, Hollywood is working overtime trying to dig up other classic picture books to make into movies. Good news for movie lovers: the next book to be appearing on the silver screen is Margaret Wise Brown’s action-packed bedtime story Goodnight Moon.
Goodnight Moon is ripe for adaptation. The plot involves a bunny saying goodnight to all the things surrounding him in his overly large bedroom. As he mentions each object, it appears before him in stark black and white.
Adding superstar power to the production is Leonardo DiCaprio, set to star as the bunny on his way to dreamland.
Directed by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, Goodnight Moon will keep all the original intent of the book while adding car chases, gritty gang violence, and an ironic ending that will leave your 3-to-5 year-old both sleepy and satisfied.
Of course a picture book needs to be expanded to fill the two-and-a-half hour runtime expected from Scorsese. The kitties, who in the book play with string in the center of the room, will each get their own subplot. Although details are not yet nailed down, an anonymous source close to Mr. Scorsese tells us that one kitty will be a spy and the other will be a terrorist. Whether or not they will be lovers is not certain.
The moon itself will play a larger role in Goodnight Moon: The Movie. Instead of a glowing disc hovering somewhere beyond the bunny’s house, the moon will be the setting for an epic battle. The stakes are no less than the bunny’s very soul.