Dreamworks sure seems to like the syllables ‘pocalypse’, as for several month now they been working on an adaptation of the novel Robopocalypse, as a potential directing vehicle for Steven Spielberg, and now it seems they want to bring a Monsterpocalypse to the big screen as well.
Deadline reports that the studio has just bought the screen rights to the Monsterpocalypse kaiju-themed miniatures role-playing game, which sees player battling emeny monsters on game maps that normally look like cities. While it’s another case of a studio paying out just to get a name (after all, if they made a movie about monsters attacking but called it comething different, it’s not like the producers of Monsterpocalypse can claim they were infringing their copyright), it could be kind of fun.
So who do Dreamworks want to oversee the movie? Well, they apparently have their sights set on none other than Tim Burton, hoping the helmer can weave his gothic web and make it something a bit more than just a generic monster movie. At the moment Burton has no official attachment to the film and even if he does come onboard it may only be as a producer, but the studio has put out overtures to him and hopes to get him to sign up as a creative catalyst for the project.
However, I’d imagine Burton is fielding a lot of offers at the moment, as after a few years of middling box office for the director, Alice In Wonderland has been an astounding success, and now sits amongst the top 10 highest grossing movies ever made.