Helmer attached to DreamWorks adaptation of board game
Tim Burton is developing and is attached to direct the bigscreen adaptation of Matt Wilson’s board game Monsterpocalypse for DreamWorks.Pic will be distributed by Disney. “Monsterpocalypse” is being produced by Dick Zanuck and Lee, who outlined Burton’s involvement in interviews with Slashfilm Monday and in June. Tarik Heitmann, Gerald Moon and Doug Davison are exec producers. Wilson, a co-producer, is consulting with scribe John August on the script. Board game revolves around giant robots developed by mankind to fend off equally giant aliens. There’s speculation that “Monsterpocalypse” might be released in 3D. DreamWorks couldn’t be reached for comment regarding Burton, but insiders say his deal could be finalized in the next few weeks. Among his other upcoming projects, Burton is reteaming with Johnny Depp on Warner Bros.’ “Dark Shadows.” Project, which has been in development for years, recently got some heat when Seth Grahame-Smith was set to work on the script. Burton was last in theaters with Disney’s B.O. hit “Alice in Wonderland.” Burton is repped by WME in the U.S.; Wilson is repped by ICM.