Which Tim Burton writer will adapt Preacher, Frankenweenie?

Big Fish writer John August has been tapped to adapt the supernatural graphic novel Preacher for Columbia and director Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road), Variety reported.

The movie centers on the preacher of a Texas town who is struggling to get by and is driven only by his strong moral sense. When the city is decimated by an otherworldly force, he embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil, the trade paper reported.

The movie is based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. The 75-issue Preacher series, which ran from 1995 to 2000, nabbed four Eisner Awards.

August, who is a frequent collaborator of Tim Burton, is currently writing Dark Shadows for Warner Brothers.

The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, said that August will write Frankenweenie for Burton and Disney after he finishes Preacher.

Frankenweenie is based on a comedic horror short that Burton made in 1984 while a film school student. The story tells of a man who brings his dog back to life after it is killed by a car.

While the original Frankenweenie was a live-action project, the new one will be made using stop-motion animation and be in 3-D. Like the original, the feature version is to be shot in black and white. Burton is producing, and many of the animation artists and crew from the director's Corpse Bride will be involved, with the studio aiming for a 2011 release.

A couple of weeks ago, August wrote on his blog that his long-gestating Shazam! movie hit a roadblock with Warner Brothers.

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