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New writer working on Preacher, Frankenweenie

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hey, quick question: what's better for a screenwriter than landing their latest job? The answer: when they land a second writing job at the same time.

That's where John August finds himself today. The guy that penned the scripts for Go, Charlie's Angels, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the upcoming big screen version of Dark Shadows now had two tasks to keep him chained to his computer.

August's first task is to finish the screenplay for Sam Mendes' Preacher movie set up at Columbia. That one, based on the Vertigo supernatural/western/crime comic book series of the same name published in the '90s, is about a ex-man of the faith who gets equipped with a godlike power and goes off in search of answers from the Almighty as to why evil exists in the world. Mendes got involved with the project last year after HBO let it go as a possible series for the cable channel. "It’s a terrific project that I’m excited to be writing," August writes over on his blog about the project.

After that duty is done August moves on to drawing a paycheck from Disney for turning Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie and stretching it out into feature length. Burton's original short film, made back in 1984 when he was still enrolled in film school, is about the owner of a dog who decides to bring his pooch back to life after a tragic accident takes his best friend. The movie version of Frankenweenie will be realized using stop-motion animation like Burton's Corpse Bride (in fact, the plan is to employ several of the same personnel that made Bride) but also be made in 3-D.

Burton is finishing work on his version of Alice in Wonderland and then may move on to make Dark Shadows for Warner Bros. He won't direct Frankenweenie but instead take on a producing role.

 

-The Hollywood Reporter.
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And no one wants Garth Ennis to adapt this...why?

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No one wanted Mark Steven Johnson to adapt this. Because of Ghost Rider.

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"Sam Mendes' Preacher movie set up at Columbia."

Those are the best 8 words on this entire website.

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As long as Arseface doesn't end up looking like Elias Koteas (like in those old makeup tests from back in the day), things will be all right. He has to look cuddly despite his deformity, or it just won't work.

What's that? Who says Arseface will even be in it? What . . . what are you saying? Don't joke like that. It's not funny. No Arseface, no deal. This . . . I COMMAND!