August has a slew of new, non-Burton-related projects coming up, including a live-action movie at Fox called "School for Monsters," which August says is out to directors and which he described as, "A chance to do some stuff in movies that I've wanted to do for a while, to take some genres and turn them on their head." He's also got a television show called "Chosen" in development with "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" creator Josh Friedman. "I hadn't planned on doing TV this year but I had lunch with Josh and over lunch he said, 'Hey, if you ever want to do a TV show, you could write it and I could take over.' And I said, 'Actually I kind of do.' It happened very fast. But you never know what's going to go to series." When we pressed for a description of the series, August said it was, "A family drama with a very unusual supernatural aspect."
And if all that wasn't enough, August runs a website that he oversees, complete with podcasts on the art of screenwriting and downloadable apps that do everything from "melting" PDF files to files that you can easily edit to watermark multiple screenplays. We wondered what drove him to hand out these tips. "I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and I watched movies but had no idea that movies were written," August explained. "I realized that if I was a teenager today anywhere outside of Los Angeles I would be going onto the internet to find out about screenwriting. If I was going online to look into screenwriting I would be grateful for someone giving honest advice." He seems just as proud of his website as he is from his Oscar-nominated features. But he also just wants to be part of the informational surge of the internet. "The resources that are out there are amazing if I can be one of those resources then that would be incredible."
"Frankenweenie" opens this Friday.