Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Bee- oh, okay, better not… but you’ve probably got an idea what this is about. That’s right; while out and about promoting Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie in Los Angeles on Friday, Tim Burton was able to shed some light on the emerging script for the long-awaited Beetlejuice sequel, Beetlejuice 2.
Burton immediately had Beetlejuice fans speculating when he stated that “Seth Grahame-Smith is writing something. I just told him because I liked the character, I just thought I’d have a better response if he has ideas about it to just let him (work on it).”
To that vague statement, the directed added he’d move forward with the project “if it’s interesting. I don’t know if I’d ever know a good script if it bit me in the face, but I know what I like.”
And if you don’t already know the story of Beetlejuice, it turns out it’s not just a disgusting-sounding beverage, but also the name of a very strange looking, equally disgusting (but hilariously entertaining), rotting, corpsified man played by Michael Keaton. A young Alec Baldwin also starred in the film, with Geena Davis playing his wife, and the couple found themselves awarded an untimely death – and forced to haunt the new occupants of their house. In a clever twist, the couple then hired “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice to purge their house of humans. And if you weren’t already aware of that plot, where have you been the past 25 years?
News of the sequel was first announced in September 2011, and it was reported that “the film will not be a remake; the intention is to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original,” meaning that there could even be a chance Michael Keaton may be in line to reprise his most entertaining role. Sounds good, right?
At the moment, the story of Beetlejuice 2 can only come down to guesswork, but hopefully writer Seth Grahame-Smith can make some more Beetlejuice magic happen!
What do you think about a Beetlejuice sequel?