Seth Grahame-Smith Offers ‘Beetlejuice 2′ Update

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Similar to Ridley Scott’s new planned cinematic return to the Blade Runner universe, there’s been a fair amount of talk in recent months about another decades-long belated followup to a beloved 1980s title – Beetlejuice 2. Like the former project, a sequel to Tim Burton’s horror-comedy classic is arriving so many years after the first film was released, it’s difficult to not be skeptical about the idea that we’ll ever ACTUALLY get to see Michael Keaton back onscreen, playing “the ghost with the most,” at this point.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith (who also co-penned the upcoming movie adaptation) has shed some light on his tentative upcoming writing schedule – including, where the Beetlejuice sequel fits in – along with some insight about whether or not Keaton is as enthused about the project as Smith and Burton are.

At a recent Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter event we attendedSmith revealed to ShockTillYouDrop that he’s currently writing “an animated movie… based on an idea of mine” for Burton, though he neglected to elaborate on what that project is. However, he went on to reveal that he’s slated to begin penning the Unholy Night adaptation thereafter, and hopes to begin writing Beetlejuice 2 – which Smith insists is “a priority” for both Warner Bros. executives and Burton – once those other two scripting efforts have been completed.

Smith and his go-to writing/producing partner, David Katzenberg, previously mentioned that it was their intention to bring Keaton back for the new, non-rebooting Beetlejuice flick. However, at the time, there was no confirmation either way, with regards to the actor’s interest in re-donning his famous ghoulish makeup for a second round of supernatural mayhem.

According to Smith:

“['Beetlejuice 2' is] a reality in the sense that I met with Michael Keaton last week. We talked for a couple of hours and talked about big picture stuff… [Keaton's] been wanting to do it for 20 years and he’ll talk to anybody about it who will listen. I really told him, I have a huge reverence for Tim and a huge reverence for [the original] film in general. I don’t think we should do it if we s**t on the legacy. He agrees. So, right now, it remains to be seen, I have a couple of story ideas, but we’re very early out.”

Nice to hear that Smith and Co. aren’t rushing headfirst into churning out a Beetlejuice followup without giving it some considerable thought – but that they also recognize that this is a second installment which (assuming it actually does come together) should happen sooner, rather than later.


We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Beetlejuice 2 as the story develops.

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  1. Only, and I mean ONLY, if Keaton plays Beetlejuice!

    • AGREED!!!

  2. Keaton or not I almost wish they wouldn’t revisit this franchise, same for Ghostbusters.

    • Thus far, there has only been one movie, so not much of a “franchise”. A sequel could work, but again, only if Keaton plays lead and Burton directs. Otherwise, don’t bother revisiting it.

      • @Jeff – Well there was a very successful cartoon series that followed the film. I would consider it a franchise.


        Paul Young

  3. big back Keaton and Alec Baldwin from the original!

  4. Awesome news. I’m seriously glad that Michael is involved in the very early stages. At least its not the studio saying “Hey! We should re-imagine that one Beetleguy movie. Let’s get that person who wrote Spy Kids 8. Oh, and get me Channing Tatum’s agent on the line.”

  5. I’m in the minority here, but only because I’m not sure that Keaton is up to the task to perform the same as the original. He’s 60 now and was in his mid 40′s when the original was shot. I just don’t know if he’d have the same energy level for the part. It’s been a long time since I seen the original, but I seem to remember that Beetlejuice was pretty high octane throughout the movie. I think it’d be a flop without an equally energetic Beetlejuice……Then again about the only thing I’ve seen him in for quite some time was “The Other Guys” and that was a crappy role in a crappy show so I’m really not too sure where he’s at now days………

    The sequal I’d like to see with him though would be “Johnny Dangerously” He could play an aging crime boss with hardly any notice…

    • If you watch the original again, you will notice that the makeup conceals his age. You will also notice that the character did not do anything so “energized” or “high octaine” that a 60-year-old could not perform the role.

      • I meant energy inpresentation and not necessarily physically energetic….Like I said…I haven’t seen him in much for quite a while so I don’t know if he still has the old fire….He used to be very quick witted..

        If they do a remake I personally hope they do something along the lines of scaring the hell out of some people “Investigating” their haunted house for a show like Ghost Hunters…..But he only appears to them off camera and when the equipment is off….So that everyone else in the crew thinks the hunters have gone off the deep end.

        I’ll have to check out the original…

  6. I’m not sure I see the point, but I’ll be won over if this movie contains a line as brilliantly bonkers as, “Don’t mind her, she’s still upset because somebody dropped a house on her sister…”

  7. I’m In. Keaton has to be in on it, and I’m betting Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder would be in on it too. I’m curious how The Dead and The Living are coinciding these days. “Sounds like Lydia got an “A” on the science test!” Yep, I’d “Jump In the Line.”

  8. I love the original beetlejuice, and look forward in anticipation for the sequel. “FINALLY” hope the walking dead will be animated in 3D this time, as the original human charactors we’re dreadful. I feel that with animation used instead, they can be more imaginative and stretch the boundaries.

  9. I want this movie to come out… NOW! But I can wait. :3

  10. I would see it too, if the story looks good. I could see Lydia back, Beetlejuice follows her wherever she goes. Don’t need the rest of the cast. Of course, Davis and Baldwin are far too old now to reprise their roles. There is no point to continuing their characters anyway.

  11. first i really hope this gets made very soon like start it now so it be ready for summer. i hope Keaton returns and his character is shown more then 30 min. last time the b-man was only shown for the last 30 mins. most the time when shown before that was in the plastic cemetery the b-man was only shown when he tryed to force marry lydia. the b-man needs to be shown more he has become very popular over the years. i think this time we need a villain inside the netherworld instead of trying to scare someone out of a house so its probably going to turn into something thats like beetlejuice saves the day seriously.what do you think would be better as a story? the beetlejuice character has become too popular and if isn’t shown more with a different story then doing some cheep scares then the movie will flop even with keaton the only story that would do any sort of good would be having a villain doing something that no one wants to happen. i think it be best if they start talking about b-man’s past when he died what he did who is he. maybe having a more evil brother come in as the vilain played by ether johnny depp as younger brother or Jack Nicholson as older brother. i think it be killer if keaton returns as beetlejuice with ether depp or Nicholson as a evil family member there both funny and good actors. now that would be the best reason to summon beetlejuice. come on who wants to see a reboot or beetlejuice goes hawaiian. this is THE ONLY way the movie is gonna be any sort of good. i also hope if they do it right so it could lead to a series of beetle movies.