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John August to write Monsterpocalypse for Tim Burton

Jun. 10, 2010by: Mike Sampson

I'm not saying that I lost faith in Tim Burton after ALICE IN WONDERLAND but...OK, I am saying I lost faith in Tim Burton. ALICE was just so bad in every possible way that I can't believe this is the same guy who directed EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE or hell, even BIG FISH. But I guess it's that last film that does lend a bit of hope to one of Burton's potential projects. John August, who collaborated with Burton on BIG FISH, has signed on to write the script for MONSTERPOCALYPSE, a film Burton is developing for DreamWorks.

While August's participation looks to be a go, Burton still doesn't seem to know what he wants to do next. Warner Bros. is still hot for Burton to direct Johnny Depp in DARK SHADOWS. The WB won't take that sitting down because a delay on DARK SHADOWS could potentially conflict with Depp's work on PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4 and make it unlikely that SHADOWS ever gets made.

Should it work out, MONSTER would be the sixth collaboration between August and Burton after the aforementioned FISH and SHADOWS plus CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, THE CORPSE BRIDE and FRANKENWEENIE, which is in production at Disney.

It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out and how it effects a number of other films in development but as for whether the film itself will be interesting remains to be seen. Can't say I have faith anymore.

Extra Tidbit: John August writes one of the best blogs for screenwriters on the web.
Source: THR

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9:37AM on 06/10/2010

Still have faith

Tim Burton, like many, has ups and downs. I hold some of his movies very close to my heart, no kiddin'. I remember watching Keaton first appearance as Batman...that was gold man!
Tim Burton, like many, has ups and downs. I hold some of his movies very close to my heart, no kiddin'. I remember watching Keaton first appearance as Batman...that was gold man!
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1:58PM on 06/10/2010
I've found that people's reactions to Alice are in direct relation to their expectations. Is it what it is: not a bad movie (in fact I like it a lot), just different from what a lot of people might have expected.
I've found that people's reactions to Alice are in direct relation to their expectations. Is it what it is: not a bad movie (in fact I like it a lot), just different from what a lot of people might have expected.
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5:11PM on 06/10/2010
I went in there with low expectations, and was still smacked in the back of the head by how bad it was. Fyi.
I went in there with low expectations, and was still smacked in the back of the head by how bad it was. Fyi.
4:47PM on 06/10/2010
I honestly can't jump on this "over exaggerate Burton's flaws to the point of hate" bandwagon. Burton has made some fantastic films in the last decade. I thought Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, & Sweeney Todd were great films. The rest of his films from this decade range from okay to meh. Hardly any reason to dislike the guy, or give up on him.

In comparison, Ridley Scott has by far produced worse films in larger quantity during this decade than Burton, but there's no negative bandwagon against
I honestly can't jump on this "over exaggerate Burton's flaws to the point of hate" bandwagon. Burton has made some fantastic films in the last decade. I thought Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, & Sweeney Todd were great films. The rest of his films from this decade range from okay to meh. Hardly any reason to dislike the guy, or give up on him.

In comparison, Ridley Scott has by far produced worse films in larger quantity during this decade than Burton, but there's no negative bandwagon against him (Burton has yet to make a film as bad as Robin Hood).
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5:18PM on 06/10/2010
PS- Just remembered it, a movie worse than Scott's "robin Hood", Burton's "Planet Of The Apes".
PS- Just remembered it, a movie worse than Scott's "robin Hood", Burton's "Planet Of The Apes".
5:15PM on 06/10/2010
Burton has made a film as awful as "Robin Hood" imo, and it was "Alice In Wonderland". But the reason soo many people are jumping on him is because of this and his ill-conceived and depressinly stupid "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". And I, for one, have enjoyed maybe two films of his this lately, with "Big Fish" being the last film he made I really liked. Not good.

However, you entirely correct. Ridely Scott has reliable made shitty films for most of this decade, and no one is jumping on
Burton has made a film as awful as "Robin Hood" imo, and it was "Alice In Wonderland". But the reason soo many people are jumping on him is because of this and his ill-conceived and depressinly stupid "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". And I, for one, have enjoyed maybe two films of his this lately, with "Big Fish" being the last film he made I really liked. Not good.

However, you entirely correct. Ridely Scott has reliable made shitty films for most of this decade, and no one is jumping on his case. I do hope they start to, because he hasn't made a good film since the late 1990s.
5:17PM on 06/10/2010
Tim Burton is best when working with miniatures and models and practical effects. Whenever he gives into CGI he loses it. And since this sounds like it'd be a heavily CGIed project, I'm not cool with.
Tim Burton is best when working with miniatures and models and practical effects. Whenever he gives into CGI he loses it. And since this sounds like it'd be a heavily CGIed project, I'm not cool with.
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7:25PM on 06/10/2010

I strongly disagree with your opinion

The only bad Tim Burton film is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Nuff' said.

Alice in Wonderland was a good movie and I enjoyed viewing it again on Blu-ray. Keep doing what your doing Mr. Burton, I will always be a fan of your work.
The only bad Tim Burton film is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Nuff' said.

Alice in Wonderland was a good movie and I enjoyed viewing it again on Blu-ray. Keep doing what your doing Mr. Burton, I will always be a fan of your work.
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4:25AM on 06/11/2010

Tim....

Please come back to your original roots
Please come back to your original roots
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2:18PM on 06/11/2010

Please

please do Dark Shadows first, I would rather see that before Pirates 4! and yes I know it's about a vampire, but it's no tweenie bop vampire bullshit!
please do Dark Shadows first, I would rather see that before Pirates 4! and yes I know it's about a vampire, but it's no tweenie bop vampire bullshit!
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11:42PM on 06/12/2010
Monsterpocalype sounds cool.
Alice was good.
Dark Shadows first.
Neutral on Pirates 4.
Will never lose faith in Burton.
Can't wait for Frankenweenie!
Monsterpocalype sounds cool.
Alice was good.
Dark Shadows first.
Neutral on Pirates 4.
Will never lose faith in Burton.
Can't wait for Frankenweenie!
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