KatzSmith Productions partners David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith
have just signed a two-year first-look feature producing deal at Warner
Bros. While rights are still being worked out, one of their first
projects is expected to be a sequel to Beetlejuice, the 1988
Tim Burton-directed hit that starred Michael Keaton as a ghoul hired by a
recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house. …
The Warner Bros producing deal grew from the screenwriting work that Grahame-Smith did for Burton on Dark Shadows,
currently in production with Johnny Depp heading the cast. While Warner
Bros and other studios continue to cut back producing pacts, in
KatzSmith the studio gets two partners who while just getting started
producing features bring a lot of their own ideas to the table and are
established writers and aspiring feature directors. …
Grahame-Smith will write two scripts as part of the deal, and it’s a distinct possibility that Beetlejuice 2 will be one of them.
First of all: The fuck? Really? A Beetlejuice sequel? Now? More than 20 years after the first one?
Second: Okay, I can maybe see that. You’d need Michael Keaton back, though. Fuck casting Jim Carrey or any of that bullshit.
Third: You know, if we have to have another Beetlejuice movie, I’m down with it being written by Grahame-Smith. I really, really loved his Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — the way he used the zombies and ninjas and insanity to amplify the original themes of the book was quite brilliantly done, and makes me think he’s a dude who knows what he’s doing. I’d be genuinely interested to see a Grahame-Smith-written Beetlejuice movie.
Unless it stars Jim Carrey. Seriously, Fuck that shit.