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sad-gizmo-gremlinsA few months back a rumor floated around that Warner Bros. was looking into the possibility of a Gremlins reboot, and if I remember correctly we all laughed at them and threw rocks at them till they stopped such idiocy. Well, grab handful of your finest movie exec seeking pocket gravel because it sounds like they still want to reboot the 80’s classic.

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that a source close to the project (I assume that’s studio code for ‘coke dealer‘) says that WB has tapped Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to produce the remake. Seth Grahame-Smith was also behind such flops as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows and also is apparently responsible for the most recent draft of a Beetlejuice remake.

Just let that soak in for a little bit.

Now here’s a video of Gizmo dancing to remind us of better days.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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.

Source: EW

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.

And Katzenberg,

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?

Source: /Film

So who do you turn when the director of your project doesn’t work out?  Well the writer, naturally.  This is the case for the upcoming Lionsgate project, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) was the latest name to be tossed about to take charge of the project; however, for whatever reason Gillespie is no longer in the talks to handle the project.  Now the project is being considered to be left in the hands of Seth Grahame-Smith who penned the project and his producing partner David Katzenberg.. The Pride and Predjudice and Zombies scribe was already announced to be adapting his Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Burton. But now Variety is reporting he’s signed on for the auteur’s other eagerly awaited project

What is exciting but also unnerving about the project is that neither one of these guys have  ever directed before.  Obviously, this is a big gamble for the project.  Leaving a project that is so highly anticipated in the hands of amateurs is certainly not a good thing but on the bright side a risk like this can turn out really fucking good.  Despite this setback I think Grahame-Smith directing the project is promising since he is the one who penned the script and knows what direction he wants it to go.  What do you guys think??

According to Variety, the “Studio hasn’t set a release date for the bigscreen project, but it was included in a deal, announced in late April, between Imax and WB to release up to 20 WB films in Imax format through 2013.”

Source: Variety

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