The word on the streets of Hollywood is that mega-star Leonardo Di Caprio wants to make a movie about notoriously private Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson.
While there are still many loyal fans of the much beloved comic, there are hurdles in the way of such a movie that might sink it while its still in development.
DiCaprio and producer Roy Lee (Sherlock Holmes) allegedly have a script from screenwriter Dan Dollar called “A Boy and His Tiger.” DiCaprio presented the script to Warner Bros. who put the project into development. The story follows Watterson’s career from unknown cartoonist to overnight sensation and his highly criticized decision to end the strip.
The first major hurdle is the issue that Warner Bros. does not own any of the rights to Calvin and Hobbes, and the likelihood of Watterson agreeing to sign them over seem pretty much nonexistent as he has stated that he has no desire to see Calvin and Hobbes become an animated property. From the man himself:
”If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable… As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.”
Considering that Watterson has given only two interviews in the past twenty years, all signs point to him not suddenly changing his mind just because Hollywood comes calling.
Calvin and Hobbes ran from November 1985 and ended at the top of its game in December 1995. At the height of its popularity, Calvin and Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers.