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Seth Grahame-Smith has begun working on the screenplay for Beetlejuice 2

03.13.2013

For years we have been hearing rumblings on the potential sequel to BEETLEJUICE. Last we heard, Seth Grahame-Smith had met with Michael Keaton about the sequel. Grahame-Smith worked with Tim Burton on both DARK SHADOWS and the adaptation of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER and seemed to have forged a bond with the director. They decided to venture back to BEETLEJUICE, but it was still wishful thinking.

Until today. Grahame-Smith tweeted out a photo as proof that he has begun working on the script. Take a look:

Now, as far as I can see, there is no text on the screen. All we know is Grahame-Smith likes BEETLEJUICE and owns an action figure/maquette of the title character. But, this is the most progress we have had on the film to date. I would love to see the stars all reunite for a new story. Having Michael Keaton don the striped suit again would be worth the price of admission alone. But, if Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Winona Ryder come back in some capacity, all the better.

While I was unimpressed with both DARK SHADOWS and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER as films, Grahame-Smith's novels have been very well written, including the violent Nativity novel UNHOLY NIGHT. I think he has the right temperment and approach to make a BEETLEJUICE sequel work. I just don't want it to be watered down to appease mass audiences. The moment BEETLEJUICE said "Nice f*cking model!" I heard my parents gasp, wondering what the hell movie I was watching. But, it was that dark edge that made it the quintessential Tim Burton flick. I hope we get to see that side come back out to play.

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10:19PM on 03/14/2013

Hope it happens

Just leave Alec Baldwin and Gina Davis out of it. I'm okay with Ryder coming back.
Just leave Alec Baldwin and Gina Davis out of it. I'm okay with Ryder coming back.
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5:36PM on 03/14/2013
Beetlejuice teams up with his son (see die hard 5 Indy 4 and new Beverley hills cop tv series)
Beetlejuice teams up with his son (see die hard 5 Indy 4 and new Beverley hills cop tv series)
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2:44PM on 03/14/2013
DARK SHADOWS was crap but ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER was actually a great film. You can't always listen to what the critics say, when it comes to popcorn films, they haven't got a clue.
DARK SHADOWS was crap but ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER was actually a great film. You can't always listen to what the critics say, when it comes to popcorn films, they haven't got a clue.
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1:05PM on 03/14/2013
I'm always weary of more news about Beetlejuice. Keaton can still don the outfit and make-up, and bring the voice. I'm more worried about how they handle the other characters, namely the Maitlands. As it they shouldn't be in it, because they are ghosts who don't have the benefit of wearing a lot of make-up to hide their age. And under no circumstances should they try to sugar-coat The Ghost With The Most.
I'm always weary of more news about Beetlejuice. Keaton can still don the outfit and make-up, and bring the voice. I'm more worried about how they handle the other characters, namely the Maitlands. As it they shouldn't be in it, because they are ghosts who don't have the benefit of wearing a lot of make-up to hide their age. And under no circumstances should they try to sugar-coat The Ghost With The Most.
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9:33AM on 03/14/2013
Can't say I am looking forward to a Beetlejuice sequel but at the same time I am not against one either. I did enjoy the cartoon series. I also did like Dark Shadows & Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter was very fun & over the top.
Can't say I am looking forward to a Beetlejuice sequel but at the same time I am not against one either. I did enjoy the cartoon series. I also did like Dark Shadows & Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter was very fun & over the top.
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8:20AM on 03/14/2013
While I don't think a lot of the 80's movies would do well in a sequel to capture the original fans, as well as intriguing new ones. I do believe Beetlejuice could do well because people loved the character and still love Keaton. Let's just hope the script is solid.
While I don't think a lot of the 80's movies would do well in a sequel to capture the original fans, as well as intriguing new ones. I do believe Beetlejuice could do well because people loved the character and still love Keaton. Let's just hope the script is solid.
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6:01AM on 03/14/2013
not super psyched about the writing but the direction and cast will make or break this one. Hell, I was a fan of the cartoon, so I know theres a lot more to do with the character. keaton!
not super psyched about the writing but the direction and cast will make or break this one. Hell, I was a fan of the cartoon, so I know theres a lot more to do with the character. keaton!
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5:16AM on 03/14/2013

Seth Grahame-Smith's original script for Dark Shadows was vastly different to what ended up on screen.

It's so much easier to just blame one person for the failure of a film, but that's unrealistic.

It's the same with Damon Lindelof and Prometheus. It just takes watching the documentary on the making of that film for ten minutes to realize that Ridley Scott was very much the captain in charge of that ship, changing the script to suit his needs (pacing, visuals, etc.) and that both screenwriters who worked on the film tweaked their own ideas based on Scott's insistence. But no, it's easier to
It's so much easier to just blame one person for the failure of a film, but that's unrealistic.

It's the same with Damon Lindelof and Prometheus. It just takes watching the documentary on the making of that film for ten minutes to realize that Ridley Scott was very much the captain in charge of that ship, changing the script to suit his needs (pacing, visuals, etc.) and that both screenwriters who worked on the film tweaked their own ideas based on Scott's insistence. But no, it's easier to not read the script as delivered, have absolutely no insider knowledge of the situation, and just pin it all on one person in this case Damon Lindelof.

I've never read anything by Smith, but this is all a long way of saying I'm willing to give the guy another chance and hope this turns out well.
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11:37PM on 03/13/2013
Most likely our childhood movie will be ruined by this sequel just like Indiana Jones 4 and the last two Die Hards bent us over the table lubed us up and went to town.
Most likely our childhood movie will be ruined by this sequel just like Indiana Jones 4 and the last two Die Hards bent us over the table lubed us up and went to town.
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10:33PM on 03/13/2013
Dark Shadows eventually fell apart but I found a LOT to love about it. Of course I've never seen the tv show & had low expectations...
Dark Shadows eventually fell apart but I found a LOT to love about it. Of course I've never seen the tv show & had low expectations...
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9:26PM on 03/13/2013
Would love to see a sequel. But only if it had a great story obviously. But like you said, seeing Keaton don the striped suit again would be worth the admission price alone.

Beetlejuice is in my top five Burton films along with Batman, Batman Returns, Sweeney Todd, and Sleepy Hollow.
Would love to see a sequel. But only if it had a great story obviously. But like you said, seeing Keaton don the striped suit again would be worth the admission price alone.

Beetlejuice is in my top five Burton films along with Batman, Batman Returns, Sweeney Todd, and Sleepy Hollow.
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6:48PM on 03/13/2013
Great, so the guy who ruined Dark Shadows is writing for a sequel I never asked for. I thought Seth Grahame Smith was supposed to be ruining the Fantastic Four franchise? Is Hollywood really going to let him do both!?
Great, so the guy who ruined Dark Shadows is writing for a sequel I never asked for. I thought Seth Grahame Smith was supposed to be ruining the Fantastic Four franchise? Is Hollywood really going to let him do both!?
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6:44PM on 03/13/2013

Yes!

I have been waiting for this for years. Even if it turns out bad, I will still be over joyed to see Keaton back on the big screen as the ghost with the most.
I have been waiting for this for years. Even if it turns out bad, I will still be over joyed to see Keaton back on the big screen as the ghost with the most.
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6:29PM on 03/13/2013
My 13 year old daughters favourite film is Beetlejuice (thank god she hates twilight)

Point I'm making is kids nowadays need to see the originals...not watered down reboots or sequels
My 13 year old daughters favourite film is Beetlejuice (thank god she hates twilight)

Point I'm making is kids nowadays need to see the originals...not watered down reboots or sequels
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6:23PM on 03/13/2013

How To Survive A Horror Movie

Smith's How To Survive A Horror Movie and his other obvious works show great potential from a true fan of the genre... However, I'm not sure how strong his screenwriting skills are. Like Alex said, it'd be worth it for me to see Keaton re-visit the character, good or bad. Worst case scenario, I go back and watch the original and say, "That's better."
Smith's How To Survive A Horror Movie and his other obvious works show great potential from a true fan of the genre... However, I'm not sure how strong his screenwriting skills are. Like Alex said, it'd be worth it for me to see Keaton re-visit the character, good or bad. Worst case scenario, I go back and watch the original and say, "That's better."
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5:54PM on 03/13/2013

So, the guy who wrote Tim Burton's biggest flop in years...

...and the guy who wrote another one of the biggest flops of last year, the critically-reviled Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter...is being tasked with writing the sequel to one of the biggest cult films of Burton's career and perhaps of all time? Yeah, that makes sense! Now just cast Johnny Depp in it as Beetlejuice's 'eccentric' brother and put a fork in it.
...and the guy who wrote another one of the biggest flops of last year, the critically-reviled Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter...is being tasked with writing the sequel to one of the biggest cult films of Burton's career and perhaps of all time? Yeah, that makes sense! Now just cast Johnny Depp in it as Beetlejuice's 'eccentric' brother and put a fork in it.
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5:54PM on 03/13/2013
Could we get anyone BUT post-nineties Tim Burton to direct it please?
Could we get anyone BUT post-nineties Tim Burton to direct it please?
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5:45PM on 03/13/2013
I'm not enthused about this at all.
I'm not enthused about this at all.
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