With Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter finished and floundering at the box office (reviewed here), writer/creator Seth Grahame-Smith is off to his next project, the much rumored and still up in the air sequel to 1988′s Beetlejuice. Bleeding Cool had a chance to needle the writer for some details, and he delivered. While it is in development right now, Grahame-Smith stressed that the movie is ‘just theoretical right now,’ so here’s whats happening, theoretically.
If we come up with nothing but shit then we’re not going to do it. Beetlejuice, I think, is too important to too many people, myself included, and Tim (Burton), and Michael Keaton, to do a sequel just for the sake of it, because we’d think it would be commercial. It’s one of my favourite movies of all time. I still have the original 1988 poster in my office, framed, above my desk. It was an important and seminal movie for me. I want to find a way, so badly, to get it right, but I am so absolutely horrified at the thought of getting it wrong that we’re taking our time and being really careful about it. Though I have talked to Tim quite a bit about it, and I have talked to Michael quite a bit.
I’m liking where this is going already, he sounds like he loves the property and will treat it right. A needles sequel for nostalgia will do no one any good.
More revealing details after the jump.
Take this with a grain of salt, but in the below video frequent collaborators Johnny Depp and Tim Burton wax on the possibility of Depp appearing in the gaining momentum Beetlejuice 2. The original Beetlejuice predated Burton’s partnership with Depp, but considering that this coming Friday’s release of Dark Shadows marks their eighth time working together, is it even possible for Burton to work without Depp anymore?
Who knows? Let’s watch the video.
So what kind of part might Johnny Depp play in Beetlejuice 2? Maybe he’ll be Beetlejuice’s brother, or the dad of a new family that moves into the Maitland house. Anyway, let’s hold all guess until screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith turns in at least one draft of the script.
In other Tim Burton news coming out today we’re learning that a sequel to one of filmmaker’s first hits, Beetlejuice, is at the top of someone’s to-do list, and it’s none other than the man that portrayed the titular ghoul himself, Michael Keaton.
While being interviewed by STYD, Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the book by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and screenwriter of Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation, talked about a meeting he had with Keaton about getting another Beetlejuice movie in front of the cameras.
We talked for a couple of hours and talked about big picture stuff. It’s a priority for Warner Bros. It’s a priority for Tim.
Apparently, Keaton’s been chomping at the bit to get going on another Beetlejuice, and now it seems he’s closer than ever. How big are his expectations?
Huge, he’s been wanting to do it for 20 years and he’ll talk to anybody about it who will listen. I really told him, I have a huge reverence for Tim and a huge reverence for that film in general. I don’t think we should do it if we shit on the legacy. He agrees. So, right now, it remains to be seen, I have a couple of story ideas, but we’re very early out.
For years, there’s been the often rumored about Beetlejuice: Hawaiian Style project, but it never seemed to get past the provocative title stage. So could an actual, factual Beetlejuice sequel truly now be in the making? Hopefully, they’ll get rolling soon before Keaton himself really does become a ghost.
Source: Geek Tyrant
A while back it was announced that writer/producer duo David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith were working on a sequel to Tim Burton‘s 1988 comedy, Beetlejuice. Today, EW reports that the twosome have just gotten Burton’s blessing. However, they will not move forward until they convince Michael Keaton to return for the title role.
“When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we’d do it if we got Tim [Burton's] blessing and involvement, and we got that,” says Grahame-Smith, “and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, ‘Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie.’ We’re not there yet, because we don’t have a film to present to him.”
Michael Keaton who has done a whole lot of nothing as of late, has said, in interviews that he would do a sequel in a heartbeat. Specifically, “Absolutely, that’s the one thing I’d love to do again.” So, he’s fucking game. As for the rest of the cast, I don’t see how they can get the back in, especially since Winona Ryder is all grown up and probably too busy shoplifting to do another Beetlejuice…
Like Ghostbusters 3, Beetlejuice 2 would be a decade too late. Let it lie. If it does happen, keep Burton away from it – If you haven’t made a good movie in over 10 years then you’re useless. Also, there are good actors out there other than Johnny Depp.