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Tim Burton wants to play Monsterpocalypse

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If you've walked into a gaming/comic book store recently you may have seen a group of adults huddled around a table playing a strange board game with giant monsters. That's Monsterpocalypse, made by Bellevue, Washington-based Privateer Press, and a big hit for the company. The game lets players take control of giant monsters, robots, space aliens and other big nasties (called "kaiju" in Japan). You can pick whether you want to smash stuff up, protect the planet or be evil and out for your own agenda.

As is the case with any hot property (but especially now with showbiz's recent interest in turning board games into movies), Hollywood has come calling. A report this morning states that DreamWorks has quietly bought the movie rights to Privateer's Monsterpocalypse and is in secret talks with Tim Burton to get involved in the giant monster stompfest. The Batman and Alice in Wonderland director is off to Cannes to participate in judging this year's competition. Just imagine: when Burton is in the south of France being photographed on the red carpet and checks his smartphone's messages, he might be getting a text message from his agent telling him what DreamWorks is offering.

Monsterpocalypse has the right pedigree to be a Burton project: giant creatures, massive destruction and a slightly tongue-in-cheek atmosphere. The game not only pokes fun at the sub-genre of giant monster movies, it celebrates it.

Let's just hope that if Burton does get involved with the Monsterpocalypse movie the end result is better than Mars Attacks!

-Deadline.
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