‘Beetlejuice 2′ Being Fashioned With Michael Keaton In Mind

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Word that Beetlejuice 2 – a followup to director Tim Burton’s beloved 1988 horror-comedy – is actively being developed leaked out a couple months back… and the general reaction to this news, (as is to be expected) was mixed at best, hostile at worst. If there is one matter that most people seem to agree on, though, it’s that Michael Keaton ought to be brought back to reprise his famous turn as the “ghost with the most” in a Beetlejuice sequel.

However, according to the project’s scribers/producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith, that is exactly what they are planning to do.

When Katzenberg and Smith (a.k.a. KatzSmith) struck their deal with Warner Bros. to pen Beetlejuice 2, the plan was to craft the film as a semi-reboot that still advances the plotline of Burton’s original movie. In a recent interview with EW, the two reiterated that idea – since, according to KatzSmith, many a person has (angrily) been under the mistaken impression that the two were essentially working on a Beetlejuice remake.

Here is what the duo had to offer, on the topic of Beetlejuice 2:

“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, 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 [with Keaton] because we don’t have a film to present to him.”

Keaton had somewhat of a comeback year in 2010, between his voicing Ken in Toy Story 3 and amusing supporting turn as a TLC-quoting police captain in The Other Guys. However, whether or not he’s particularly interested in reprising his role as the eponymous “freelance bio-exorcist” is another matter.

Similarly, although Grahame-Smith has seemingly established a good working relationship with Burton – seeing how he scripted the director’s upcoming Dark Shadows movie and was able to get his “blessing” to work on Beetlejuice 2 – that doesn’t guarantee the Gothic filmmaker is actually interested in helming the sequel… or being creatively involved with the project in any meaningful sense.

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Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice

It’s difficult not to feel like a Beetlejuice sequel – which reunites Keaton and Burton – is basically past its expiration date, at this point. Even so, the prospect of Keaton donning ghastly makeup and iconic black-and-white striped suit again is definitely one a lot of fans will like. Plus, based on his most recent work, Keaton is arguably still up to play Beetlejuice with as much manic energy and panache as he did all the way back in 1988.

Perhaps the bigger issue right now is whether or not KatzSmith can actually pound out a worthwhile screenplay for Beetlejuice 2. Like the currently-in-development Dumb and Dumber 2, that could be the key element that allows this project to become the rare good belated sequel to a comedy classic.

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We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Beetlejuice 2 as more information is released.

Source: EW

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  1. It must have Keaton…I’m a bit sick of Burton’s style though. I’d like a different directorial approach.

  2. Agreed…I will only see this if Keaton plays the part. His age now does not matter, as he will be in costume anyway, but regardless, he is still relatively young. Would look forward to seeing him play this somewhat iconic role again.

    • His age might matter though. Keaton in the 80′s was a stand up comic breaking into film. Not only did he have the energy of his younger years, but he had great comedic timing from his stand up experience, and that really makes the part. Now that he’s older and as far as I know he hasn’t done stand up in maybe 20 some years he might not be right for the part…..Or at least as he was in the first movie. If they’re going to try to have the same wacko character they had in the first movie then they might have to look at someone younger..

      • I think you may be wrong. Look at Alec Baldwin, he did serious roles but as seen on SNL and 30Rock, his comedic timing is still there. I think Keaton still has it in him.

        • Plus, Keaton wasn’t good at stand-up

        • Good point…But there a pretty big difference in the two rolls….Well at least if it’s continued in the original style….I guess time will tell….And besides…I’ve only seen Keaton in a couple of really subdued parts lately so I souldn’t know how he is now days

          Hey…..Here’s an idea….How about an older Jonny Dangerously? Now there’s a roll he could probably slip into without much problem at all….And like Baldwin it could be more age appropiate…..I doubt Beetlejuice would age….

      • It’s not like he’s in his 80′s, you know. I recently saw him in an episode of 30 Rock, and his comedic timing was fine. He actually left me wanting more. As Beetlejuice, he’ll be in costume again, so his maturing appearance in real life won’t matter. I’m tired of Hollywood reamking and/or sequelizing movies with new actors while the original actors are still around and capable. Count me, and a plethora of others, out if Keaton is not in.

  3. bring it

    • Raimi. No comparison. Raimi or burton.

  4. My short list of replacement directors: Guillermo del Toro, Darren Aronofsky, or Sam Raimi.

  5. My short list of replacement directors would be Guillermo del Toro, Darren Aronofsky, or Sam Raimi.

  6. If they bring him back as anyone else it is going to SUCK!!!

  7. Wasn’t the sequel meant to be in Hawaii or something? It’d be great to see Keaton as Beetlejuice again. Such an underused, brilliant actor.

  8. LOL, it makes sense, Tim Burton’s last original idea was Beetlejuice so why not go back to it.

    • So… do Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The World of Stainboy, and Corpse Bride (all based on original ideas/stories from Burton) not count? 8-)

  9. Definitely must involve Burton in some way (he’s the reason for the style and why we all love it), ABSOLUTELY MUST have Keaton. No Keaton as Beetlejuice is like no Arnold as The Terminator (or no Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, sadly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a Burton film) but you get my point. Also, although many of you may not care, being that I’m a film/soundtrack fanatic, Danny Eflman would have to score the film. A must for me. Whether you realize it or not, his music helped make that movie. Probably my favorite Elfman score and favorite Burton film. All this said, I’m extremely hesitant with all of this new Beetlejuice movie buzz. Sometimes you need to let good movies be. I find it hard to believe that because of the decade it was made and the different audience at that time, any other supplemental film will come close to as good. Unfortunate, but true. But I will go see it if Keaton, Burton and Elfman are in. All just my opinion of course.

  10. Didn’t beetlejuices die at the end of beetlejuice? I mean he got grabbed by one of those worm things right? I’ll have to watch it again to check but I’m pretty sure he died.

    • It ends with him in the waiting room and he switches numbers with the voodoo guy and gets his head shrunk.

    • Yeah but beetlejuice is a ghost.

  11. See hollywood. Make a remake every one is against you. Make a sequel then every one is all in!

    • Until the studio casts Shia LaBeouf, then the sequel will fail (see “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” for for more information.

      • Well you got a point there. It seems like shia should only be casted in a movie if he is running away from explosions or in a movie were he is under house arrest of wich gets a law suit on its own butt for being to much like a hitch cock movie.

  12. I said this last time they posted this. Dont mess up my Favorite movie in the whole wide world Plezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Dude, calm down.. they’re not goin’ to make a remake of it. So there is no way to messing it up. It’s gonna be a continuance of the first one while he was still waiting in line, and it’s gonna be a whole different movie on it’s own that still connects with the first movie as Beetle Juice explains to the new characters how he does his job and how he helped out the couple in the first movie as an example. Kinda like the movie Predators, that movie was f’in’ SICK! And ‘u didn’t have to watch the old ones to like it, but they still connected it with the first one, when the girl explained what Arnold Schwarzenegger did to defeat the Predator.
      So calm down son. This is goin’ to be awesome! :)

    • Dude, calm down.. they’re not goin’ to make a remake of it. So there is no way to messing it up. It’s gonna be a continuance of the first one while he was still waiting in line, and it’s gonna be a whole different movie on it’s own that still connects with the first movie as Beetle Juice explains to the new characters how he does his job and how he helped out the couple in the first movie as an example. Kinda like the movie Predators, that movie was f’in’ SICK! And ‘u didn’t have to watch the old ones to like it, but they still connected it with the first one, when the girl explained what Arnold Schwarzenegger did to defeat the Predator.
      So calm down son. This is goin’ to be awesome! :)

  13. a shrunken head can be remmedeed..”this baloon clown choked on his giraffe, sorted me out , got him a great deal on a condo on the styx..”
    the “Guise” can only be played by Keaton. Burton needs some kind of artistic involvment(del Toro could pull it off)Elman must be onthe score. these are the elements that made the movie.(i’m watching it as i write this) a clever script couldn’t hurt.-”i’ve seen the “exorcist” 167 times and it keeps getting funnier every time i see it…”

  14. Keaton as Beetlejuice or it will fail. Tim Burton WAS good with Beetlejuice & the first two Batman movies Those being Batman 89 & Batman Returns.. But after that he’s been doing nothing but garbage.. I mean Charlie & The Chocolate Factory? Really? That was a big fat DUMP on the original. I don’t remember Edward Scissorhands all that well but I guess I grew out of the Tim Burton style or he just went off the deep end. IF he can pull it together and make another Beetlejuice and it be along the same lines of the first one I’ll be completely cool with that. NO DADDY ISSUES!

  15. the only thing that will do the great 1st movie any justice is to involve beetlejuice more then they did last time which was 20 – 30 minutes tops. the b-man has become very popular over the years screw the rest. very little beetlejuice equals no good movie plain and simple. i don’t think the fans are going to buy the evil annoying spirit gag any longer. since the cartoon which was made by the same director the fans have seen a different side of the b-man and could actually work.

    this time around since its going to be a complete sequel. i think the fans would love to see the b-man and Lidia’s kids to be friends just like in the cartoon. they visit the netherworld where the b-man is a crazy spirit that no one has called on for awhile. a new spirit comes and takes over the b-mans gig so having beetlejuice return to kick this guys ass would work alot better then another scaring out of the house routine.

    plus have beetlejuice start off right where the last movie left in the waiting room still waiting on his number getting frustrated. burton could easily add some very funny part to that im not the only one that has commented about this and would be expecting it to start off like that. plus i hope tim leaves out alot of the heavy special effects so the movie would look as a straight sequel. don’t you think they should add that purple inside shirt as in the cartoon did it would give a good suit update.

  16. Woah Beetlejuice 2!? Not just that but with Keaton as beetlejuice again!? The sounds of that gets me pumped! I love the original 1988 Beetlejuice and honestly can’t wait to see more on this. Reboot/sequel sounds good to me. I hope production starts soon.