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Tim Burton to Roll the Dice on Monsterpocalypse?

Tim Burton to Roll the Dice on Monsterpocalypse?Where did Tim Burton go wrong, exactly? I know the director still has his fans, but in writing this story, I’m hard pressed to recall the last film the director made that was anything but a joyless cash-in. Mars Attacks, perhaps?

In recent years it’s become painfully obvious that he’s phoning it in for a paycheck and nothing more. That hasn’t stopped him from remaining a hot commodity in Hollywood, however (when your little 3D movie grosses over half a billion dollars worldwide, people tend to take notice), as today’s bit of news proves.

According to Deadline New York, DreamWorks has just acquired the screen rights to Monsterpocalypse, and they are already making overtures to Burton to be the creative catalyst. Talks are early stage, and right now only game creator Matt Wilson is attached to be co-producer. Monsterpocalypse is a kaiju-themed collectible miniatures game. It’s a board game that involves battles against a variety of enemy monsters that take place in a metropolis filled with buildings.

And there’s no word as of yet on whether or not Johnny Depp will agree to appear as one of his stock, eccentric characters. We’ll bring you more as we have it.

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  • FireRam

    Beetlejuice was fun, because I was young. Edward Scissorhands was fun, because I was still somewhat young.Ed Wood bored me. I really liked Sleepy Hollow. It’s hard to find a good Headless Horseman movie,and that’s one of my favorite Halloween stories. PLUS,there’s Christopher Walken. I watch it every year.Love the atmosphere/tone of the movie. If anyone thinks there is a better movie that had the Horseman in it throw it my way I’d love to watch it. Oh, and I HATED The Nightmare before Christmas.Haven’t seen S.Todd or Alice in Wonderland. Don’t think I’ll ever bother with those two.
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    • Terminal

      A quick overview of my thoughts on Burton’s movies:

      Good: Batman Returns, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow.

      Mediocre: Sweeney Todd, Big Fish, Batman.

      Bad: Mars Attacks, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • brain

        opinions are like assholes…..everybody has one.

        • Terminal

          Trite cliches posing as intelligent philosophy without actually offering a rebuttal is a waste of time.
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • LifeMi

            The guy’s obviously a Dead Pool fan. For me, I think Edward Scissorhands was Burton’s best hands down. Beetlejuice, Batman and Ed Wood are all pretty solid as well. Sleepy Hollow was a waste of time, Mars Attacks was forgettable, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was just…wrong, and Batman Returns fills me with rage whenver I think of it. It’s not terrible; the Batsuit looks great, the performances are pretty good and Elfman’s score is fantastic, but it just completely misunderstands the character just as much, if not more so, than Schumacher’s films. Needless to say, Planet of the Apes was Burton’s worst. I still haven’t seen Sweeney Todd or Alice in Wonderland, by the way.

          • Terminal

            Deadpool the movie? Or Deadpool the comic?

            I can’t stand Scissorhands, it’s just so lame. All eccentric imagery and no substance. Beetlejuice I’ve watched a bunch of times and can not like it no matter how hard I try to.

            Burton is so damn overrated. And lately he’s been on auto-drive.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • LifeMi

            The fifth Dirty Harry movie. Harry says to one of his superiors “opinions are like assholes; everybody’s got one.” I’ll agree that Burton isn’t the greatest storyteller in the world; in some of his films, his visuals overwhelm the narrative. He’s no Scorcese, but I’ve always liked Burton, or at least the Burton of the late 80s-early 90s when we wasn’t casting Johnny Depp all the time.

          • Terminal

            Ah okay, thanks. I remember when people said that line it came off as clever, now it just sounds like something spoken after getting off the short bus. It sounds like something Forrest Gump would say now. Only assholes say that line now.

            Yeah, I’m one of the many who feels Burton is very undeserving of his status. Granted the man has an eye for spectacle, but little else. I think the world could do without another quasi-gothic fantasy starring Depp and Bonham Carter.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • brain

            Wow, so now I’m an asshole. Guy you clearly can’t take a joke, so you need to just calm down and take a deep breath. I definitely was NOT trying to piss you off, however, I clearly have. So save your witty little attempts at humor(that I’m sure you spent plenty of time coming up with) especially the ones where you use “trite cliches” that make fun of mentally/challenged children for someone else!! Have a good day.

          • Terminal

            I’m just being crusty, chillax.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • brain

            Well he does have an avatar of a man holding a giant hand-cannon!

          • Terminal

            That’s Mal, you tool.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • brain

            I think it’s someone’s nap time.

          • Terminal

            Do I get some milk, too?
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • DeathProof

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      • Gus Bjork

        Waitwaitwait….you thought PeeWee’s Big Adventure was bad? Seriously? That’s one of my favorite movies of all time! And Beetlejuice? How does someone not like those? Did you see It’s a Wonderful Life and while watching Old Man Pottter say to yourself “Gee when I grow up I want to be that guy!”?

        I haven’t seen Alice in Wonderland so I can’t say but I agree on the rest of the bad list. I would throw Mars Attack down a step into a hate list. I absolutely hated that movie.

        And I would put Sweeny Todd up a notch to good. Sleepy Hollow and Ed Wood into great.

        • Terminal

          Pee Wee is not a good movie. I saw it all the time when I was a kid, but watching it today is just painful. And “Beetlejuice” is an ordeal to sit through. Again, I’d see it all the time when I was a kid and realized when I was older that I just did not like it. At all.

          So yeah I’m solid in my rankings.
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Gus Bjork

            We like what we like so I can’t call you wrong but boy do I not agree.

          • Terminal

            Fair enough dude. I never got the big deal with Burton personally. Even his best movies are great, but I’ve yet to get rabid over anything he’s ever done. And even with crap directors I find one film of theirs I cling to.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Tshoffie

    i have to disagree i thought Alice in Wonderland was awesome as well as Sleepy hollow and Sweeny Todd

    • The Woman In Black

      I have to agree. Love all three of those films as well as Ed Wood. In the like category I’d put Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Corpse Bride. All in all, I’d say that’s a pretty solid lineup.

  • James Coker

    Whoa! Whoa! I Fucking LOVED Sleepy Hollow, but i Think everything after that one with the exception of big fish was just a paycheck to him

  • macready

    sweeney todd was pretty damned good. sleepy hollow isn’t his best movie, but was still one of the better movies to come out the year it was made.

  • Terminal

    Tim Burton hasn’t been good or creative in many years. Since then he’s been on auto-drive.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Foywonder

    I’ll predict right now that this is one of those movies that languishes in development, never actually gets made, and any news of it will be completely forgotten about in short order.

  • Vanvance1

    When did he go right?

    Beetlejuice was fun… after that it’s all crap.

    • DeathProof

      Wrong. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS is quite good;a poignant fairy tale dealing with alienation in picturesque suburbia that gains bonus points for a nice Vincent Price cameo.

      And ED WOOD is a masterpiece, pure and simple. Along with 8 1/2 and THE PLAYER, it’s one of the best films ever made on the filmmaking process. It’s expertly written and ingeniously put together… not to mention the fact that it features a career-best performance from Depp and a stellar turn by Martin Landau as Lugosi. It’s superb in every way.

      After that, however, it was all downhill.