Beetlejuice Sequel Making Progress9.09.11 # Sequel # 10 Comments
Well, if this isn’t the news we’ve all been dangling on tenterhooks for. Barely a morning passes that I don’t wake up and think “Oh Lord, I’m so happy to be alive, but if only Warners would hurry up and make that Beetlejuice sequel!” And now! Now my prayers and I’m sure all of yours too have been answered, as a follow-up to Tim Burton’s 1988 hit looms, and from the fevered creative brain behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies no less.
The attempt to revive Betelgeuse, the ghostly trickster made famous by Michael Keaton, is one upshot of the two-year deal just signed between Warner Bros. and KatzSmith, the production company operated by P & P & Z author Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, son of DreamWorks co-founder and notorious grouch Jeffrey Katzenberg. Part of that deal is a revival of the so-called ‘Ghost with the most’, with Grahame-Smith apparently poised to script a new Beetlejuice instalment which will follow the continuity of Burton’s original movie, rather than simply remaking it.
Had things worked out slightly differently, Burton might have helmed a sequel himself, with Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian having been developed under the director’s aegis in the early ‘90s. Screenwriters Jonathan Gems and Daniel Waters both worked on the script (each of whom would go on to earn credits on future Burton films, in the respective shapes of Mars Attacks! and Batman Returns), before the project eventually got shunted off Burton’s ever-burgeoning to-make slate.
Grahame-Smith already has links to Burton, having written the script for the director’s next movie, the big screen version of spooky soap opera Dark Shadows, in which Johnny Depp stars as vampire Barnabas Collins. His novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is also being turned into a film by the powerhouse combo of Burton (producer) and Timur Bekmambetov (director), with the writer having adapted his own book.
Meanwhile, the first book in which Grahame-Smith hit on the wearying wheeze of mashing up public domain literary classics with genre tropes, the aforementioned Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is also coming to theatres at some as-yet undetermined point in the future, and when it does so it will have been directed by Craig Gillespie, the man behind the recent Fright Night remake.
Here he is at his best.
Source: Deadline New York