“The Nightmare Before Christmas” creator Tim Burton and “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn are tackling a remake of “Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman” for Warner Bros.
Burton is directing the upcoming film from a script by Flynn. The science-fiction horror story follows a wealthy heiress who grows into a giant after an alien encounter and exacts revenge on her cheating husband. It’s unclear how closely this new take will follow the original 1958 movie, starring Allison Hayes, William Hudson and Yvette Vickers. The first film reportedly carried a budget of just $88,000 — so it’s reasonable to assume the remake will have a slightly higher price tag.
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The project reteams Burton with Warner Bros., where he is currently working on the sequel to his 1988 movie “Beetlejuice.” The follow-up film about a pesky poltergeist, newly and fittingly titled “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice,” will be released in theaters on Sept. 6. His other directing credits include “Edward Scissorhands,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Planet of the Apes.”
Flynn, meanwhile, was recently hired to adapt her novel “Dark Places” for a limited series at HBO. The former “Entertainment Weekly” writer wrote the screenplay for David Fincher’s 2014 thriller “Gone Girl.” She also turned her 2006 book “Sharp Objects” into the HBO miniseries of the same name, starring Amy Adams.
In addition to directing, Burton is producing “Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman” with Andrew Mittman and Tommy Harper. Kai Dolbashian served as executive producer. Burton is repped by WME. Flynn is repped by WME, Theresa Kang and Jackoway Austen.
Deadline first reported news of the remake.
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