Tim Burton in talks to helm Monsterpocalypse for DreamWorks
[HMG] – Despite some weak recent films whose box office performance far exceeded their content, Tim Burton’s charmed career in Hollywood seems set to roll on: He’s now in talks with DreamWorks to make a film of a game - Monsterpocalypse.
Screenwriter, John August – whose past credits include 2005’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ from 2003 – is talks to create the screenplay, and Tim’s own involvement is not certain as yet.
For those with a life, ‘Monsterpocalypse’ is part strategy game, part Kaiju Big Battel, and a soupcon of ‘Rampage,’ played with various Japanese-inspired monsters, robots and insects, who do battle while destroying the city laid out on the game board.
If all goes to plan this will be the fourth time the two men have combined their creative range – John also wrote Tim’s 2003 adventure “Big Fish,” with Ewan McGregor, and 2005’s animated feature. “Corpse Bride.”
THR says the pair are also working on a big-screen adaptation of ABC’s cult, gothic-soap from the 60’s, ‘Dark Shadows,’ which will star Johnny Depp – if Warner Bros. ever let it get made.
But ”Charlie” and “Corpse Bride” bagged a cool $584-million worldwide for the WB, so you can see why they’re keen.
Fans of the game are so obsessed and so numerous, there is now an annual fete – “MonCon,” which opened on May 21 in Tulsa, Oklahoma…where else??
It can only be hoped ‘Monster’ gets better reviews than Tim’s current work – Despite becoming the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time, with $333.6 million earned in the US alone, audience reviews of ‘Alice’ have been less than stellar.
Tim, John and the suits up at DreamWorks still have a lot of talking to do before anything’s signed. When and if they make a decision you’ll read about it here…