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Beetlejuice Sequel Making Progress

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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

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  • Sheridan Passell said

    Watching Beetlejuice now it’s strange to realise that Michael Keaten would have made a great Joker.

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    • david hobbs said

      Sheridan your an idiot Micheal Keaton would’ve made a great joker? Like that wouldnt have stirred up enough controversy since he played batman already facing off against jack nicholson’s joker. Other then that what was keaton’s last hit? He hasn’t been in a great movie since Jackie Brown. What’d he have the other guys white noise? Micheal Keaton’s old no disrespect he’s a mediocre actor meaning he doesn’t need to wear pounds of make up or a special mask to pull off the younger aged process ala Benjamin button to revive his career. If anything he’d just be befouling his own career. I’m getting tired of this bullsh*t that’s coming out Fright Night Piranha Shark Night like if people lost there motivation and creativity to make good films back the f**k out and let in new people. F**k Beatle juice 2. Do you see Mathew Brodrick coming back to tell everyone what happened after he graduated on ferris buellers day off? F**king idiots.

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      • Sheridan Passell said

        You’re an idiot for assuming that I meant The Dark Knight. The cinematic world does not revolve around The Dark Knight, which incidentally is a sequel/remake so why did you go and see it if you hate them so much. I was talking about Batman in 1989. He was too old by 2008. Watch the clip linked at the bottom of the article and tell me he wouldn’t have made a good Joker tuning down that dark energy/comedy a bit.

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    • Leo said

      @Sheridan Passell.
      I totally agree with you. Michael has that comic timing, the realism of being psychopathic, and a flair of the tongue in cheek. Nicholson, though he did do a great job as the joker, tended to steal the scenes, and embellish his role with sexual overtones; “Never rub another mans rhubarb.”
      If you were to count the scenes in which Batman was in, verses the scenes that the joker was in, you would find that the joker was wild, and had much more screen time then the main character of Batman. I think this was due to the fact that Nicholson had contracted the film so that he had more time on camera, more take at the box office, and they let him take the show.
      Michael on the other hand, would have played the joker more along the lines as he did with Beetlejuice. A quirky character with an eccentric personality.
      I disagree with David Hobbs that Michael is an old actor. His role in “white noise” was brilliant. Now as far as the script was concerned, I think they could have done a better job at the ending and the whole premise.
      All in all, I liked the Burton/Keaton first film, not so much the second one cause again the criminals were over the top and not at all believable.

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  • AGCG said

    Beetlejuice V Pacific Heights?

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  • The1Cool said

    Sheesh.

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  • J.D.W. said

    I think it sounds interesting, but is it wise to make a sequel to this particular film especially when it’s been 24 years since the last one.
    Plus who would they get to play “the Ghost with the Most” as well as Gina Davis and Alec Baldwin’s parts?
    Also don’t forget Wynona Ryder’s character.

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  • Adam Mason said

    I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was godawful. Maybe I expected more from the title (the reason I bought the book), but it was the same boring love story just with zombies occasionally being mentioned. I can’t say I’m a fan of Grahame-Smith after that.

    As to this, it sounds beyond terrible. The first movie is literally ninety minutes of Tim Burton whining ‘I’m a goth and nobody understands meeeeeee’, which is interesting, as all his films nowadays are Tim Burton whining, ‘I’m a goth and so are yoooooooou’.

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  • Fred Krueger said

    You know what, I’ll do the damn role. I’ve cosplayed as Beetlejuice for roughly 9 years now and people instantly identify me as such. You the the voice and the look, not necessarily the actor who played him. Think about it, how many Bruce Banner’s have there been? How many different people were Beetlejuice at Universal Studios? So long as you walk the walk, talk the talk, and come across as the Burton Beetlejuice and not the cartoon version by all means you’re golden. If George Lucas can keep creating Star Wars prequel stuff then why not bring back the ghost with the most?

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  • Friscodiscoball said

    You’re trying to clown on Michael Keaton not having a hit? What about cars too, or Toy story three? Not a big deal really, they just made billions. Michael Keaton is a good actor and he killed it in Beetlejuice. And he’ll do it great job again. Maybe you don’t love all of his roles, but the guy has nailed some in his life, and Beetlejuice is one of them.

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