For fans of the 1988 film Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton, we may have some good news if you were hoping to see a new story featuring everyone’s favorite undead “bio-exorcist:” a new film featuring the character and some familiar faces could begin principal photography late this year.
According to screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, who has spoken about the possibility of creating a new Beetlejuice film with many of the first film’s familiar players, the main idea of the film’s screenplay has been decided upon, and all of the major production parties are getting ever closer to kicking the film into gear. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Grahame-Smith talked about the ideas — and pressures — behind creating a sequel to a film that came out nearly 30 years ago.
I think we landed on the right idea, landed on the right approach. It’s just now making sure that—for me—I don’t want to s–t my pants in front of the entire world making a sequel to one of my favorite movies.
As far as who actually will be returning from the first film, the writer wasn’t exactly coy about the three main players that would likely be needed in order to make this a true, legitimate Beetlejuice effort: director Tim Burton, headliner Michael Keaton, and supporting star Winona Ryder. Grahame-Smith didn’t go out of his way to say that all three personalities were a lock for the future film, but he did say that all three have an enthusiasm that could very well lead to that eventuality.
[Burton] was doing press for Big Eyes right before the holiday, and was getting the Beetlejuice question, and sort of tipped people off that Winona [Ryder] would be back. Which yes, she will be back. […] I’ve emailed with Michael Keaton. I know he’s excited about the idea. I know Tim is excited about the idea. Where it stands now is Tim’s got to get ready to make [Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children], and then hopefully we are set, deals are done, and we’re waiting in the wings ready to go right after Peregrine’s wraps up. The ideal timeline is we’re really getting into it toward the end of this year.
No word on whether or not Alec Baldwin or Geena Davis would return to the parts of the kind ghostly couple the Maitlands, or if this would strictly be a new adventure focusing on the duo of Beetlejuice and his almost-bride, Lydia. Whatever ends up happening, this should prove to be a positive step in the right direction for anyone that wants to see more Beetlejuice, especially given the body of work that Tim Burton has cultivated through the years, and the newfound critical acclaim that the now-Academy Award nominated Michael Keaton is enjoying after the success of Birdman.
For more on the sequel to Beetlejuice as we learn about it, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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