He’s the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which are both being adapted for film. He’s also worked on the script for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and now, Seth Grahame-Smith might be writing a sequel to Beetlejuice for Warner Bros. with KatzSmith partner David Katzenberg. Um, what!?
It’s true! Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg have scored a two-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. and the first project they’re looking to do is a sequel to Burton’ 1988 film. Not wanting to remake the film, WB is hoping to “reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original.”
Here’s what Grahame-Smith had to say about the new deal,
We want to make big movies based on big ideas and inspired by the comedies we grew up loving. The thing we like about Bad Robot and Imagine is that they are never pigeonholed because they do good work across a broad spectrum. We want to slowly grow into a company that follows in those footsteps.
We pride ourselves on coming up with a lot of our own ideas; about 90% of the projects we’ve generated in film and TV are ones we created and developed. The studio will help us bring our ideas to the finish line.
So, a sequel to Beetlejuice. Not gonna lie, this idea scares the shit out of me. I appreciate they’re acknowledging a remake would be terrible, but a continuation without Burton’s involvement sounds pretty scary, too. I’ve liked Grahame-Smith’s work, but whenever someone new touches a classic it’s worrisome.
What do you guys think? Is the dude who made including zombies and vampires in everything popular the right choice for a new Beetlejuice?