Tim Burton may re-team with screenwriter John August for Monsterpocalypse. The movie is based on a strategy board game involving miniatures. Heat Vision reports that DreamWorks is currently in negotiations with August to take the gig, but Burton isn’t officially on board yet either. If the two do team-up again, it will be their fourth collaboration following Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride. The pair are also developing Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp attached to star, as well as a 3D stop-motion animation version of Burton’s 1984 short film, Frankenweenie.
Hit the jump for why this Monsterpocalypse reunion is easier said than done.
The big issue regarding August, Burton, and Monsterpocalypse is scheduling. According to Heat Vision, Dark Shadows—which is based off the spooky daytime ’60s TV show—could shoot at the end of the year, but Depp may be worn out after shooting the action film The Tourist and then the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie this summer. Furthermore, if Burton takes up Monsterpocalypse, that would push back Dark Shadows and Warner Bros—the studio behind the film—would be less than pleased. As Heat Vision notes, the longer it takes for a project to get into develop, the faster that project loses heat.
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PARAMOUNT PICTURES WORKING ON A JAPANESE REMAKE OF ‘GHOST’
While plenty of studios and their movies are still thriving here in the US, largely thanks to the higher ticket prices for 3D spectacles (by which I mean both glasses and hype), across the seas, American films just don’t seem to be hitting the same chord they used to, especially in Japan. But Reuters reports Paramount seems to have a remedy for this problem – more remakes. However, these remakes will take on the local language, the first initiative being a Japanese remake of the Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze romance Ghost, which was quite the huge hit back in 1990 and has quite the universal appeal of love lasting forever in life and death.
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HEATH LEDGER WILL NOT BE REPLACED IN BATMAN 3
Heath Ledger will not be replaced as The Joker in the as yet untitled Batman 3.
Ledger’s portrayal of the evil villain in The Dark Knight, which starred Christian Bale as Batman, won the actor from Perth a posthumous best supporting actor Oscar last year. His maniacal performance helped make the film a huge success.
Ledger died after ingesting prescription drugs in January 2008.
Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, told Empire Magazine that the character would not make a return in the film slated for release in 2012.
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What do you think of today’s movie news? I’m glad that Joker isn’t going to be reprised by anyone else – even though he is one of Batman’s greatest foes. I’m not too thrilled at an idea of a remake of Ghost – but hey – Hollywood loves remaking Japanese horror/movies – why not the other way around, too?
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