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