As we grow closer to a possible sequel to the awesome Tim Burton-directed classic BEETLEJUICE, some more news surfaces about the movie's script. Fresh off of making ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, writer Seth Grahame-Smith told Bleeding Cool that the sequel is "just theoretical right now, but development is definitely underway, and everybody involved is keen for it to happen."
Okay, that's great, you're all enthused...so that means you're gonna do your best and churn out a great script, right?
If we come up with nothing but shit then we’re not going to do it. Beetlejuice, I think, is too important to too many people, myself included, and Tim, and Michael Keaton, to do a sequel just for the sake of it, because we’d think it would be commercial. It’s one of my favourite movies of all time. I still have the original 1988 poster in my office, framed, above my desk. It was an important and seminal movie for me. I want to find a way, so badly, to get it right, but I am so absolutely horrified at the thought of getting it wrong that we’re taking our time and being really careful about it. Though I have talked to Tim quite a bit about it, and I have talked to Michael quite a bit.Okay, it sounds a little too much to me that he's so in love with the franchise and the story that he doesn't have much confidence in himself to create anything that's going to be up to par with the original. He sounds like a huge geek who's been given a job he's not qualified for. Personally, after seeing the film ABRAHAM LINCOLN, which he wrote, I'm starting to feel in the same boat. AL:VH was a so-so movie, to be honest, as far as the writing goes. If I'm to be so bold, the movie was kind of forgettable. I'm wondering if BEETLEJUICE is up his alley anymore.
But here’s the problem. Beetlejuice was a wonderful accident. It has, of course, irreverence, visual inventiveness and daring, and it has subversive humour in it. Endless inventiveness. But, really, when they put it together, and Tim will tell you this, David Geffen will tell you this, and Michael Keaton will tell you this, that when they first put it together it just didn’t work. That was a movie that miraculously and strangely came together in editing. They found this wonderful, strange, irreverent movie in there.
That’s the scariest part for me – essentially I’m trying to catch lightning in a bottle. The chance of creating something transcendent twice is very slim.
But I think the magic ingredient is trying not to over do it. Not to make it some crazy, overblown big Beetlejuice Saves the World type of story. Frankly, Beetlejuice himself is only in the original movie for about a half hour. I think using him sparingly is key. And not trying to make it so modern, family friendly and broad but to cling to the things that made it a little dangerous.
And obviously we’re not remaking the movie or rebooting it. It would be a sequel, and however much time has passed between the two movies, that’s the amount of time that will have passed in the story
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