Monsterpocalypse Gets Writer John August, Burton May Direct
Back in May we learned that DreamWorks Animation had snagged the big screen rights to the the collectible miniatures board game Monsterpocalypse and were trying to swoon Cannes jury head Tim Burton to be the creative catalyst for the project. At the time it didn't sound like he would end up directing the flick, but a new development just might make it more of a possibility as Heat Vision reports that writer John August, who has worked with Burton on Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride before, is in negotiations to pen the script. However, their reunion would require a lot of major planning to all work out.
Another issue might be the fact that August and Burton are also developing a big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows, a horror TV show that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971, with Johnny Depp set to star. Last we heard they were planning on shooting that sometime this year, but apparently that's up in the air too because Depp won't start shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 4 until he's done shooting The Tourist, and if he wants to take a break between those two projects, then Pirates will be delayed for a bit and Depp will be busy for the rest of the year. It seems like Disney, Warner Bros (who's behind Dark Shadows) and DreamWorks have a lot to work out if they want to make this happen, especially if Johnny Depp wants to take a nap between projects.
In addition, let's not forget that August and Burton are also developing that feature-length, 3D stop-motion animated version of Burton’s 1984 short film Frankenweenie. Burton's projects always seem to be "starting soon" and then take years to finally movie into production. Anyway, no one knows for sure what Burton will do next, where Monsterpocalypse will land or how soon it will get off the ground, but we'll keep you posted.