I can almost hear Beetlejuice saying his most famous words, “It’s showtime!!!” (Don’t lie, you just read that in Beetlejuice’s voice, didn’t you?) The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Director Tim Burton, director of the original 1988 comedy classic, is in talks to direct the sequel.
The rumors of this film have been circulating for years. Burton has always expressed interest in doing a follow up to the film, but was insistent that it had to be done properly and with the right people.
Burton eventually tasked screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katenzberg with coming up with ideas for the film and putting together the script. It would seem that they have finally come up with a proper script.
This is not the first time that Grahame-Smith and Burton have worked together. He penned the script to Burton’s reimagining of Dark Shadows. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which was actually based off of his own novel.
The two have always been insistent that the film would be a true continuation of the original surrounding the title character. Michael Keaton was the man to put on the black and white striped suit and play :the ghost with the most” in the original, and everyone involved has always seen it as their main goal to bring Keaton back to play the role in the sequel.
According to the report by Entertainment Weekly, the actor has not yet seen a copy of the script, and there are no current negotiations in place.
However, according to the Hollywood Reporter article, there has been an official offer from Warner Bros. to Burton to direct the film. The sequel already has a producer with David Geffen. Geffen’s company also produced the original film. Geffen also served as executive producer for the Beetlejuice cartoon series that aired for four seasons starting the year following the original film’s release.
If this venture is executed properly, this could be huge. If you ask my personal opinion, and we all know you did, I would give just about anything to see Michael Keaton put back on the black and white striped suit and take up the role of Beetlejuice once more. If both Keaton and Burton would return to the project, I have no doubt in my mind that the film would be a success. Throw in a soundtrack by longtime Burton collaborator Danny Elfman, and we may just be on the road to perfection.
This will not be the next film in line for Burton. According to both EW and THR, Burton is set to direct Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of a young adult novel by Ransom Riggs, for 20th Century Fox.
Just in case you are itching to revisit the Beetlejuice franchise, or if you are too young to remember the original Beetlejuice film, here is the original trailer from 1988. You’re welcome.
There is currently no release date for the sequel as it is still in the very early stages; however we here at FanSided will keep you up to date on any developments along the way.