Another board game adaptation is in the works and this time Tim Burton is behind it. According to THR, DreamWorks has been trying to get Burton to move from creative consultant to director of their latest adaptation, Monsterpocalypse. So far they’ve been unsuccessful but they were able to get his frequent collaborator John August to pen the screenplay.
August worked with Burton on Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and is currently helping with the development of the soap opera adaptation, Dark Shadows. Now that he’s on board to write Monsterpocalypse, we wonder if he’ll be able to pull a decent story out of it.
Here’s a description of the game:
The game is played on one of a variety of game maps, which resemble city maps. Structures (such as office buildings and oil refineries) are placed on it to build a cityscape. Monsters and other units (represented by miniatures) battle to the death while destroying the structures. The monster is represented by two forms: an Alpha and a Hyper form. The goal of the game is to destroy both forms of the enemy monster.
This premise is filled with chaos and as a screenwriter August will have to make sense of it, which isn’t going to be easy. Also the studio needs to give up on Burton directing this. He’s moved on to bigger and better things in terms of his creative challenges. It’s highly unlikely that he would direct the film, especially when he has something like Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp waiting in the wings.
Do you think Burton should reteam with August for Monsterpocalypse? Would it be a wise career choice?
Additional Source: Wikipedia