John AugustDespite claims from IMDb, screenwriter John August is not writing the 3D feature film adaptation of Frankenweenie for Tim Burton. Apparently August had a meeting with Disney Animation last year where they pitched him the idea, complete with production art.

“Then, separately, I had a conversation with Tim about doing another stop-motion animation project like Corpse Bride. But they’re not the same thing. And as far as I know, I won’t be working on either one. (That said, I didn’t think I was working on Corpse Bride until I was halfway on a plane to London, so never say never.)”

However the screenwriter is looking to reteam with the Big Fish director on another as-yet-to-be-announced live-action project.

“I almost certainly will be writing [the unannounced Burton project] post-strike. And yes, I’d love to tell you what it is. But I can’t.”

But when will Tim Burton find the time? Burton is currently prepping a 3D version of Alice in Wonderland for Disney. That film will go into production in May 2008. And as we mentioned before, Burton is also signed on to make a feature film adaptation of his short film Frankenweenie.

In the meantime, August’s blog is probably the best place to catch up on “From the Frontlines of the Writers Strike” stories.

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