Seth Grahame-Smith Developing a 'Beetlejuice' Sequel at Warner Bros

September 6, 2011
Source: Deadline


Author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith is on the rise in Hollywood. Deadline is reporting that Grahame-Smith and producer David Katzenberg, of the newly formed KatzSmith Productions, have signed a two-year first look deal with Warner Bros. Grahame-Smith, who wrote the novel and script for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and worked on Dark Shadows for Tim Burton, is already developing numerous other projects. One of the first for Warner Bros will be a sequel to Beetlejuice, that awesome Tim Burton classic with Michael Keaton. It's quite big news these young guys landed a deal like this with a major studio.

Deadline has numerous quotes about their new company, KatzSmith Productions, which will be modeled after Bad Robot and Imagine Entertainment. Grahame-Smith will write two scripts as part of their deal with Warner Bros, and "it’s a distinct possibility that Beetlejuice 2 will be one of them." There's not many details yet, but what we do know is that it will not be a remake, instead "the intention is to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original." Although it's yet another sequel of an 80's classic, I'm curious to see what they're going to do with this, as I don't think Grahame-Smith will let this get screwed up. The original film came out in 1988 and was made while Tim Burton and Michael Keaton were working on the first Batman. I love EW's Anthony Breznican's early title suggestion: Beetlejuice Begins. We'll keep you updated on this.

If you want to read more about the creation/idea behin KatzSmith Productions, head to Deadline. Seth Grahame-Smith has another novel in the works, We Three Kings, a "large scale telling of what the Three Wiseman from the Bible were actually doing in the manger that night," which could develop into a film as well. Other projects KatzSmith is developing include: Bryantology, in which a loser on the verge of losing his house exploits a tax loophole, invents a religion and names his home a tax exempt place of worship, but when the religion goes viral, followers show up on his doorstep and the hapless guy is suddenly a cult leader; and Night of the Living, a stop motion animated film that Grahame-Smith might script, with Burton producing about a town of peaceful monsters must learn how to fight when it is invaded by humans.

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  • Danimal
    As long as Burton and Keaton are in
  • Anonymous
    Fuck yeah! I've never been so excited to hear this!!!
  • Wow, that IS exciting. Who is Johnny Depp going to play?
    • Sean
      The article above doesn't say anything about Johnny Depp being in it.
      • Cbfawley
        Shut up sean
        • Sean
          No, You Shut up.
      • JL
        His point, I think, is that Johnny Depp is Tim Burton's most used actor, and if Tim Burton will direct the sequel, should we expect to see Depp, too, as a new character?  Or maybe Adam, Barbara, and Lydia will return.
    • Jules
      How about you both shut up?
  • Heidi Fisher
    Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Jack Black or Steve Coogan as Beetlejuice.
    • Mrjzn
      Boooooooo. If they don't bring back Keaton it shouldn't be made.
    • Chris
      Has to be Keaton if you ask me. Some (okay, most) of your suggestions just make me cringe.
    • JL
      Where's the fucking dislike button?! lol.
    • Ben Stiller? adam Sandler? Will Ferrell??????? What?? NO!! it has to be Keaton, plus Jack and Ricky are too chubby to play Beetlejuice!
    • grimjob
      Yeah, what the hell? How can you name anyone other than Keaton for this?
  • Mark404
    No Keaton No beetlejuice period
    • The Douche
      I agree, keaton or bust.
  • Rob
    Keaton made the first worth watching, not any of the other cast
  • Craig
    Weird timing. I just picked up Beetlejuice on blu-ray today.
  • Maverick Pete
    Beetlejuice Begins? how original. don't do it Keaton!
    • Kamish
      How about Beetle Juice: The Dark Ghost or the Dark Ghost Rises...
  • Anonymous
    I think it would be great if Keaton returned as BeetleJuice following the line of actors bringing back their iconic roles but if not him then I'd say Johnny Depp or Robert Downey Jr. could pull off the role quite well.
    • JL
      If not Keaton? Shea Wigham. nuff said.
  • ur_babys_daddy
    I loved the first one, but he and they should not do a second one.
  • Anonymous
    Hollywood really has run out of ideas and is terrified of trying anything new and original.
  • Bryanmakeup
    Keaton has said many times and recently, that he'd like to reprise the role. Feels there is so much there to explore. 




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