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Where's Waldo

There have been various attempts at a film adaptation of Where's Waldo? (Known as Where's Wally in the UK). However, only three adaptations are known to exist, two of them known to be cancelled.

Nickelodeon Movies & Paramount Pictures[]


Concept art by Barry E. Jackson

A live-action Where's Waldo? film was in development by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures since November 2002 with Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig as the producers, John Schultz as the director and Adam Cooper and Bill Collage as the screenwriters, the movie was slated to release sometime in in 2005 or 2006, but was cancelled in 2004 due to the regime of Paramount changing in the same year.


Waldo, his dog Woof and his nemesis Oddlaw, stumble upon an invention that catapults them from place to place.[1]


  • Filming would have begun in 2004, the same year the film was cancelled.
  • The casting for the film wasn't done. However, Bill Collage said that he had ideas of casting Ashton Kutcher or Jimmy Fallon as the role of Waldo.[2]

Illumination Entertainment & Universal Pictures[]

In June 2009, Illumination Entertainment acquired the rights to turn Where's Waldo? into a live-action family film with Classic Media's Eric Ellenbogen as the executive producer.[3] But, the film was also cancelled.


In November 2011, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Classic Media announced a live-action film based on the Where's Wally? series.[4] Screenwriter Todd Berger has been hired to write the story for the film, which was slated to be released in the summer of 2015. In March 2016, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were in talks to produce the film with their producing partner James Weaver and Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir to write the film, under their Point Grey Pictures banner.[5]

Why They Were Cancelled[]

  1. Most of the cancellation reasons are unknown, except that the Nickelodeon version was cancelled after the regime at Paramount (Nickelodeon's corporate sister) changed in 2004 and Illumination did not want to do another live-action film after the negative reception of Hop.


  • The film adaptations were forever cancelled.
  • The Where's Waldo? franchise would instead get an animated series of the same name from DreamWorks Animation (the current owners of Classic Media (now DreamWorks Classics)'s library, including Where's Waldo), which lasted for two seasons on Universal Kids (season 1) and Peacock (season 2).