Monday, January 16, 2012

Tim Burton May Squeeze Another Movie Out of 'Beetlejuice'

Beetlejuice was everywhere in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s: star of his own hit movie, spun off into a popular cartoon, ubiquitous Halloween costume. Tim Burton was on a pretty hot streak at the time, and his Daliesque ghost story about a sleazy, wise-cracking bio-exorcist has held up well over the years (it even cracked its way into Psychobabble’s ultra-prestigious 120 Essential Horror Movies list, although some readers took issue with my designation of the comedy as a horror movie. Tough for them).
Back in September, writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies) was rumored to be penning a Beetlejuice sequel. This project has apparently been churning in the rumor mill for years, so big deal, right? But Beetlejuice creator Tim Burton has now given it more legitimacy by telling, “I just said to [‘Vampire Hunter’ writer] Seth [Grahame-Smith], ‘If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I'll look at it freshly.’ In the past, I tried some things, but that was way back when. He seemed really excited about it.”

Smith hasn’t run any ideas by the director as of the MTV interview, so the deal isn’t sealed yet. But anyone who’s seen most of the movies Burton has done since Ed Wood knows he isn’t super choosey when it comes to scripts. So chances are he’ll be adding Beetlejuice 2 to his ever-growing list of possible and probable upcoming projects, which currently includes a feature-length Frankenweenie, a stop-motion Addams Family adaptation, and Dark Shadows. Let’s hope he leaves Alice in Wonderland be, though. I couldn’t suffer another happy dance:

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