Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetleju–!
Not so fast. Everyone’s favorite “Ghost with the Most” isn’t going to appear again that easily, but fans of Tim Burton’s 1988 weird-fest will be curious to learn that a new movie is being hatched, though the details are sketchy at this point. Warner Bros. announced to Deadline a production deal with KatzSmith – the company made up of producer/writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith – to make Beetlejuice 2, or Beetlejuice Begins, or whatever form the new movie takes will be crafted by them.
Reps for the pair say it’s too early to characterize the form the movie might take, or whether the original cast Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, and Alec Baldwin will be involved, but it will not be a remake.
Given Grahame-Smith’s strong relationship with Burton, it’s likely the filmmaker will be involved in Beetlejuice’s resurrection.
Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg, son of DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey, have previously collaborated on the MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, and Grahame-Smith brings the gothic comedy side to the partnership, having written the novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
His latest book, We Three Kings, is a dark take on the Christmas story of the traveling wise men.
Burton is producing the film version of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and hired Grahame-Smith to work on the script for his Johnny Depp vampire saga Dark Shadows, currently filming in London. So this is for serious, people.
As Beetlejuice himself said: “It’s showtime.”
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