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The monsters are coming and Tim Burton's got them.

The famed director has signed on to direct a movie version of the Monsterpocalypse board game, according to the SlashFilm website. John August ('Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' 'Corpse Bride') is writing the movie, which will be made under the Disney/DreamWorks banner. The monsters are coming and Tim Burton's got them.

The famed director has signed on to direct a movie version of the Monsterpocalypse board game, according to the SlashFilm website. John August ('Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' 'Corpse Bride') is writing the movie, which will be made under the Disney/DreamWorks banner.

The Monsterpocalypse game is old school -- it uses dice and elaborate figurines on a board to play. The concept is a battle between building-sized alien monsters and similarly-sized robots.

The film, shooting in 3D, looks to follow the board game closely. Alien monsters attack Earth, are defeated, but then burrow into the planet to strike again, according to the SlashFilm report. The robots are controlled by crews inside the 'bots and much of the action will be from their perspective.

"It's almost as if, like, the robots are spaceships, but they are actually shaped like robots and walk around the Earth, where you have a crew inside them with a captain, controlling different parts of the robot to fight these monsters,'' said producer Roy Lee ('The Departed,' 'How to Train Your Dragon') .

A Voltron character, part of the Monsterpocalypse line, will not be depicted in the movie.

Burton is working with special effects wiz Ken Ralston ('Back to the Future,' 'Alice in Wonderland') for the look of the monsters. The film is due at the end of 2012.

Burton's upcoming schedule includes a 'Dark Shadows' adaptation (starring Johnny Depp); a stop-motion, 3D remake of his 1984 short, 'Frankenweenie'; and a possible re-imagining of the Disney classic 'Sleeping Beauty' called 'Maleficent,' starring Angelina Jolie.