Seth Grahame-Smith confirmed that he hopes to bring back Michael Keaton for the Beetlejuice sequel. In a recent interview, the screenwriter confirmed he will not replace the lead character with another actor. However, he plans to use “less is more” approach with Keaton’s role.
During an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Grahame-Smith explained that “Beetlejuice does not appear until almost the midpoint” of the original film. Although it will be an actual sequel, as opposed to a “reboot,” the film will be set in present day.
The original Beetlejuice movie, which was directed by Tim Burton, debuted in 1988. The horror/comedy film tells the story of a young couple, who are killed in a car accident. Unfortunately, they do not realize they are dead.
Although they eventually realize they are deceased, and are now ghosts, the couple has a difficult time adapting to their new lifestyle. Their problems escalate when a new family moves into their home.
The couple tries to frighten the new family, in an attempt to drive them out of the house. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the family seems to be immune to their antics.
The couple eventually seeks the help of a more experienced ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced Beetlejuice.) Although he has the means to help the new ghosts, Betelgeuse’s methods are unusual and his behavior is terribly crude.
As reported by ComicBook, Seth Grahame-Smith has revealed very little about the Beetlejuice sequel. However, fans will be happy to know Michael Keaton is expected to reprise the lead role.
Winona Rider has also suggested that she is interested in reprising her role in the follow-up film. In a 2013 interview with Daily Beast, Rider said she is “sworn to secrecy,” but has discussed the Beetlejuice sequel with director Tim Burton.
“I do have to say that I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. And I would be really interested in what is she doing 27 years later, and doing that again… I’m kind of sworn to secrecy, but it sounds like it might be happening… the only way I would go near it is with Tim and Michael… “
In addition to the Beetlejuice sequel, Seth Grahame-Smith is also working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s It, Lego Ninjago, and The Lego Batman Movie. He is also preparing to direct the adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s book, Something Wicked This Way Comes.
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