August Pens “Frankenweenie” & “Preacher”

Scribe John August (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Go”) is set to pen both “Frankenweenie” for Disney Pictures, along with the comic book adaptation “Preacher” for Sony Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Directed by Tim Burton, “Frankenweenie” is based on the comedic horror short Burton made as a student back in 1984 and tells of a man who brings his dog back to life after it is killed by a car.

The stop-motion animation film will be shot in black and white 3-D and will hit theaters in 2011. August and Burton previously teamed on ‘Charlie’, “Corpse Bride” and “Big Fish”.

Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Revolutionary Road”) will helm “Preacher” based on the popular DC/Vertigo series about a down-and-out Texas preacher.

Given immense powers, he teams up with a former girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and sets out on a journey across America to find God – who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven- and hold him accountable for his negligence.