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Tim Burton Grooms Mai The Psychic Girl
Possible future Burton project, part 874

18 May 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Latino Review

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The list of projects that Tim Burton might tackle next is getting longer and longer. We could start making them up at this point, and nobody would notice. But according to a trusted source at The Latino Review, Japanese manga Mai, The Psychic Girl has been added to the Burton rolodex.

The comic series, written by Kazuya Kudo and drawn by Ryoichi Ikigami, is about a powerfully psychic 14-year-old girl being pursued by the shady Wisdom Alliance, which already has four psychic kids backing up its plan for world domination.

Mai was one of the first manga to be translated into English in the late 80s, pre-empting the Akira-led explosion in Western popularity in the 90s and beyond. Burton had a film in preparation once before (Sparks even finished a soundtrack) but it ultimately came to nothing. It's taken this long for Burton to re-acquire the rights from Sony.

"Burton is supervising the screenplay and has put this on the front burner" says LR's mysterious fount of knowledge El Taco. So let's recap: Burton now has Mai, the Psychic Girl; the Sleeping Beauty reworking Maleficent; the Johnny Depp-starring goth soap opera Dark Shadows; a stop-motion Addams Family; a full-length extension of his Frankenweenie short; and, maybe, the monster-mash Monsterpocalypse on his agenda. And he's supposed to be producing Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with Timur Bekmambetov.

That's a lot of spinning plates. Which will he drop first?

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He'll always be my favourite director
Many didn't like Alice In Wonderland. I for one will adore the film for the rest of my life and can't wait for his next movie Tim is an absolute gift to the world More

Posted by monkeyhumour at 11:07 on 21 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: What next?
Wait a minute, Tim Burton can't possibly make a million films at the same time! If all the rumours are anything to go by he should be making Dark Shadows, Addams Family, Frankenweenie, Mai the Psychic Girl and the others all like next year! Lets get some hard evidence! Rumours are balls. If however he is making all of these at the same time...I'll eat my hat and go futterwacken myself...vigorously... More

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Burton nails Alice in Wonderland? More

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Have I come over all "Daily Mail", or does this title seem unnecessarily tasteless? It certainly casts unfavourable aspersions on poor Mr Burton. More

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