One of the big pieces of news out of Wondercon this weekend was the new trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but the original author behind that project has his sights set on future projects, and he discussed one of the biggest ones while at the ALVH panel in Anaheim: Beetlejuice 2.
Seth Grahame-Smith talked to Collider about some of the ideas he was playing with for sequel, including his timeline for putting pen to paper for the script. “Beetlejuice is hopefully the third thing I’m gonna write this year,” he said. “I’ve met with Tim [Burton] about it, I’ve met with Michael Keaton about it. There’s a lot of goodwill to want to do it from both of those guys; Tim from a producing aspect and Michael from returning to the character. Again, it’s on me. It’s whether or not I can come up with a script that’s worthy of them jumping back in.”
And if they do jump back in, expect the sequel to take place in “real time,” meaning that the sequel will take place 26-27 years after the original. Beetlejuice himself, however, will be more or or less the same because “time means nothing in the afterlife, but the world outside is a different story.”
As for storyline, and what the movie might be about, Grahame-Smith says, he right now only has a “rough idea of what it’s gonna be.”
“The thing that Tim and Michael and I all agree on, and is most important for me is, I don’t wanna be the guy that destroys the legacy and the memory of the first film; I would rather die,” he says. “I would rather just not make it, I’d rather just throw the whole thing away than make something that pays no respect and doesn’t live up even close to the legacy of the first film.”
Beetlejuice 2 is still far from even pre-production, but expect to hear Grahame-Smith talk more about it when he starts promoting his two big summer movies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows later this spring.
Source: You Bent My Wookie