The rush to convert toys and board games into film franchises has been underway for awhile now (I'm sure we're all counting down the days until Battleship hits theaters ... ), but there are still titles out there ripe for the picking. Unfortunately, if you had Monsterpocalypse on your wishlist I'm sorry to inform you that Tim Burton has already beaten you to the punch.

Based on a popular board game played with miniature figures, the whole thing kinda sounds like Mars Attacks! to me. Here's the plot breakdown, just in case you're not up to speed on your miniature-based board games: the game centers on mankind's fight against giant monsters. Humanity eventually forces them to retreat, but it's underground -- where the beasts are sending signals to outer space. Mankind builds giant robots to fight against future attacks. I swear I'm not making this up.

/Film got the inside scoop on the project from producer Roy Lee. According to Lee, the movie will focus primarily on that battle between mankind and the monsters and will be shot in 3D. Tim Burton is developing the project with the intention of directing it. Since the monsters and robots will be a focal point, Burton has enlisted Oscar winner Ken Ralston to create the title's visual effects. The monsters and robots (which are powered by human crews inside of them) will each be the size of a building. Oh, and it won't feature Voltron.

Lee says there's a chance this project might hit theaters by late 2012, but Burton also has the Dark Shadows update on his plate and no one's sure which will get made first at this point.

So, giant robots fighting giant monsters -- with Tim Burton at the helm. I'll admit that I'm intrigued by this one -- how about you?