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Monday, July 19, 2010

2012 is shaping up to be a huge year for giant monster fans. Not only do we have the upcoming Legendary Pictures Godzilla reboot, but it appears that we may have yet another big budget monster film due for release.

As reported back in May, Dreamworks has purchased the rights for the popular kaiju based strategy game Monsterpocalypse. Since this announcement was made several months ago, Tim Burton's name has been rumored to be attached to this project. There was even speculation that Burton's regular scribe John August would be penning the script.

Today, Slashfilm posted an interview with project producer Roy Lee (The Departed, How To Train Your Dragon). In addition to confirming that both August and Burton are indeed attached to the project, Lee announced several previously unknown details for the film.

Monsterpocalypse is being developed with 3D technology and is currently shooting for a late 2012 release. Lee also hinted at several plot aspects of the game adaptation: "The plot involves giant monsters who attack earth. After the humans fight back, the monsters retreat, but it is quickly discovered that they didn’t leave, but instead burrowed underground and are sending some sort of signal into space. The humans prepare for a possible future attach and developed giant robots that will fight the monsters if and when they return.

Most of the movie is going to be during that battle between the giant robots and the giant monsters." For those versed in the world of Monsterpocalypse, this seems to heavily hint at the G.U.A.R.D. and Planet Eater factions being the major focus of the plot, meaning that many of the other factions may not be featured in the film.

Lee also announced that award winning special effects expert Ken Ralston (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, the original Star Wars trilogy) will work with Burton in designing the creatures for the production.

You can read the full interview here.


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