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Seth Grahame-Smith has met with Michael Keaton for Beetlejuice 2

02.13.2012

While I've been a little pessimistic about Tim Burton projects for a bit now (please DARK SHADOWS don't let me down), I can't help but start to warm up to the idea of a sequel to BEETLEJUICE. Regardless of how you feel about THE OTHER GUYS, Keaton still proves that he is freaking hilarious. I trust him and I trust that he would only do this if it felt right.

Shock Til Ya Drop checked in with ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER writer/screenwriter, Seth Grahame-Smith, who had an update on the project, "It's a reality in the sense that I met with Michael Keaton last week. We talked for a couple of hours and talked about big picture stuff. It's a priority for Warner Bros. It's a priority for Tim. Right now, I am writing an animated movie for Tim based on an idea of mine. Then I adapt Unholy Night [based on the upcoming book]. The third I am hoping is Beetlejuice in terms of writing schedule."

The site then went on to ask about Keaton's excitement level for his return as the ghost with the most, "Huge. He's been wanting to do it for 20 years and he'll talk to anybody about it who will listen. I really told him, I have a huge reverence for Tim and a huge reverence for that film in general. I don't think we should do it if we shit on the legacy. He agrees. So, right now, it remains to be seen, I have a couple of story ideas, but we're very early out."

Okay, now I want statements and ideas from Keaton. What do you guys think should happen in the sequel? Who should make cameos?

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7:37PM on 02/14/2012
the best news of the day!! Lets hope it's not a pipe dream!!
the best news of the day!! Lets hope it's not a pipe dream!!
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3:22PM on 02/14/2012
Beetlejuice is the only movie that I watched over 100 times. I will watch this even if its bad.
Winona should be in this,. oh and Catherine O'Hara definitely!
Beetlejuice is the only movie that I watched over 100 times. I will watch this even if its bad.
Winona should be in this,. oh and Catherine O'Hara definitely!
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12:05PM on 02/14/2012
I'm on the fence here. One part of me says leave a good thing alone, the other wants more Beetlejuice
I'm on the fence here. One part of me says leave a good thing alone, the other wants more Beetlejuice
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11:59AM on 02/14/2012

In Keaton I Trust

Really, I always have. Just one little caveat...

Leave Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin out of this please. Not because I don't like them, but they're ghosts, and ghosts aren't known for their aging. Baldwin in particular has really put the pounds on. Keaton can hide under the makeup, but how is Adam supposed to account for his look?
"Beetlejuice" is my all-time favorite movie from childhood. I worshipped everything Beetlejuice. Hell, I probably didn't need to tell you that. I just don't want
Really, I always have. Just one little caveat...

Leave Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin out of this please. Not because I don't like them, but they're ghosts, and ghosts aren't known for their aging. Baldwin in particular has really put the pounds on. Keaton can hide under the makeup, but how is Adam supposed to account for his look?
"Beetlejuice" is my all-time favorite movie from childhood. I worshipped everything Beetlejuice. Hell, I probably didn't need to tell you that. I just don't want to see them come up with some half-assed product.
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3:53PM on 02/14/2012
Only way I could think of is if he had a cameo as a different character. Like having the main character of El Mariachi have a cameo in Desperado. Not the same situation, but you get my point.
Only way I could think of is if he had a cameo as a different character. Like having the main character of El Mariachi have a cameo in Desperado. Not the same situation, but you get my point.
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8:29AM on 02/14/2012

ok

Get them ALL back, Keaton, Winona, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara (I mean c'mon), Glen Shadix (Ortho).
Get them ALL back, Keaton, Winona, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara (I mean c'mon), Glen Shadix (Ortho).
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11:56AM on 02/14/2012
Um . . . a little tricky since Shadix is dead . . .
Um . . . a little tricky since Shadix is dead . . .
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1:23AM on 02/14/2012
Stop-motion effects are 70% of what made that movie memorable and creepy-fun. Tim Burton has a CGI boner these days, so I have absolutely no faith in a Beetlejuice sequel.
Stop-motion effects are 70% of what made that movie memorable and creepy-fun. Tim Burton has a CGI boner these days, so I have absolutely no faith in a Beetlejuice sequel.
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12:32AM on 02/14/2012
This is one of the films that I hold sacred. I remember seeing it in the theatre when I was little and I don't want to see it ruined. It is still one of my all-time favorite films, and I am not a big Burton fan. If they were ever going to make a sequel it should have been within a few years of the original. Please don't screw this up.
This is one of the films that I hold sacred. I remember seeing it in the theatre when I was little and I don't want to see it ruined. It is still one of my all-time favorite films, and I am not a big Burton fan. If they were ever going to make a sequel it should have been within a few years of the original. Please don't screw this up.
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10:01PM on 02/13/2012
I don't understand the negative surrounding everything Tim Burton for the last couple of years. We haven't seen Dark Shadow so we can't comment on that film. Alice in Wonderland was very average, everyone will agree on that, but the film he made before that was Sweeney Todd one of Burton's very best. So it's not like he was on a crap streak for the last 10 years with no redeeming film from time to time.
I don't understand the negative surrounding everything Tim Burton for the last couple of years. We haven't seen Dark Shadow so we can't comment on that film. Alice in Wonderland was very average, everyone will agree on that, but the film he made before that was Sweeney Todd one of Burton's very best. So it's not like he was on a crap streak for the last 10 years with no redeeming film from time to time.
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12:29AM on 02/14/2012
Completely agree. Sure, Planet of the Apes sucked but then he made Big Fish. And yeah, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wasn't very good but then he made Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd.

And finally, yes, Alice in Wonderland was subpar so, hopefully, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie will be solid films. We'll see.
Completely agree. Sure, Planet of the Apes sucked but then he made Big Fish. And yeah, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wasn't very good but then he made Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd.

And finally, yes, Alice in Wonderland was subpar so, hopefully, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie will be solid films. We'll see.
10:00PM on 02/13/2012

sweet sally pants

First Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, now a chance at a Keaton Beetljuice sequel......MY GOD IS FULL OF STARS!!
First Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, now a chance at a Keaton Beetljuice sequel......MY GOD IS FULL OF STARS!!
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9:58PM on 02/13/2012
get Winona!
get Winona!
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9:54PM on 02/13/2012
I hope this happens, but 2 questions: How will a writer deal with the highly stylized visuals and production design of the original (which was steeped in the time period, social class and subculture of modern artistry of its live human characters) with today's aesthetics? And how will they marry the effectiveness of the stop-motion animation in the original with today's reliance upon CGI/"practical" effects?
I hope this happens, but 2 questions: How will a writer deal with the highly stylized visuals and production design of the original (which was steeped in the time period, social class and subculture of modern artistry of its live human characters) with today's aesthetics? And how will they marry the effectiveness of the stop-motion animation in the original with today's reliance upon CGI/"practical" effects?
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9:41PM on 02/13/2012
That does it, I'm watching DESPERATE MEASURES tonight.
That does it, I'm watching DESPERATE MEASURES tonight.
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9:25PM on 02/13/2012

I need this now

Keaton is the best. It's a shame he's not in too much these days. He was the highlight of "The Other Guys" for me. Everyone needs to do themselves a favor and watch the feature on the DVD that is him doing about ten minutes of improv in Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Keaton is the best. It's a shame he's not in too much these days. He was the highlight of "The Other Guys" for me. Everyone needs to do themselves a favor and watch the feature on the DVD that is him doing about ten minutes of improv in Bed, Bath and Beyond.
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9:17PM on 02/13/2012

Hollywood needs more Keaton

I don't care if it's Beatlejuice, I got a fever and the only prescription is Keaton.
I don't care if it's Beatlejuice, I got a fever and the only prescription is Keaton.
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10:00PM on 02/13/2012
Hell yes!
Hell yes!
9:01PM on 02/13/2012

Nice fuckin' model!

If the planets align correctly, this film could work and be a lot of fun. Keaton as Beetlejuice, Burton's blessing and oversight, and Danny Elfman's music will do it for me. Perhaps a cameo or two from Winona, Baldwin, Davis, or O' Hara/Jones. R.I.P. Otho (Glenn Shadix).
If the planets align correctly, this film could work and be a lot of fun. Keaton as Beetlejuice, Burton's blessing and oversight, and Danny Elfman's music will do it for me. Perhaps a cameo or two from Winona, Baldwin, Davis, or O' Hara/Jones. R.I.P. Otho (Glenn Shadix).
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8:25PM on 02/13/2012
Please let this happen. Keaton is one of the greats. How he never became the biggest star in the world is beyond me.
Please let this happen. Keaton is one of the greats. How he never became the biggest star in the world is beyond me.
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1:19AM on 02/14/2012
He's Johnny Depp without the smolder factor, I think. Also he sort of bailed on Hollywood by choice, to some extent. People forget he was a huge star in the 80's and made ass loads of money. $5 million for the original Batman and that was in 1988 money! That's $10 million in real dollars for 2012 and probably $25 million in Hollywood dollars, you know? Bottom line: He was the biggest star on the planet but he made his money by the mid-90's and allowed himself to settle into semi-retirement ever
He's Johnny Depp without the smolder factor, I think. Also he sort of bailed on Hollywood by choice, to some extent. People forget he was a huge star in the 80's and made ass loads of money. $5 million for the original Batman and that was in 1988 money! That's $10 million in real dollars for 2012 and probably $25 million in Hollywood dollars, you know? Bottom line: He was the biggest star on the planet but he made his money by the mid-90's and allowed himself to settle into semi-retirement ever since.
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