Tim Burton To Direct ‘Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman’ Reimagining From Gillian Flynn Script

Following the billion-dollar success and eight Oscar nominations for Barbie, Warner Bros. is turning their attention to another female-centric project with literally huge growth potential. Deadline reports the studio is planning a remake of the 1958 sci-fi classic, Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman. And while that’s definitely interesting, the kicker is who will team up for it, because it’s a combination I don’t think anyone could’ve seen coming: Tim Burton and author Gillian Flynn.

Burton is the surprising choice to direct Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman, and it’ll be his next film after the release of the newly-titled Beetlejuice Beetlejuice 2024 A.D.. He’ll be working with screenwriter Gillian Flynn, who is best known as the author of Gone Girl. Unexpected pairing? Yeah, you might say that.

This might be pure genius, though. Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman is a sci-fi cult classic, not too dissimilar from what Burton did on Mars Attacks! If he employs a retro style like he did on that film, and fills it with big stars and go-for-broke comedic performances, this could be something special.

All of that said, I’m not sure Flynn is the right fit for this material? I guess it just depends on the approach. Her writing tends to skew to the dark side, but if she can find some biting humor taking aim at the problems women face today, well, then it could work out.

The original movie starred Allison Hayes as a wealthy heiress whose close encounter with an alien triggers her to grow into a giant, complicating her marriage, which is already in turmoil due to her womanizing husband.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.