Was it in your brain for a long time that you wanted to make it into a film?
No, because it was one of those things that I loved but I wouldn’t have wanted to touch. I didn’t know what I could add to it that wouldn’t ruin it. But I’ve gotten to know Maurice Sendak over the last 14 years and talked to him about it occasionally. He would ask me if I would want to do it and I would contemplate it and try to think of—
Hold on, hold on. So he asked you if you wanted to do it?
It was something he was developing into a movie for the last 20 years.
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