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01.12.2015

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Rumblings of a BEETLEJUICE 2 have been felt for years now but the latest word from Tim Burton and Michael Keaton seem to suggest that something might actually be happening. It's been reported that writer Seth Grahame-Smith (DARK SHADOWS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) would be tackling script duties on the sequel and while the man hasn't had much critical success regarding his screenplays, his novels for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" display an effective blend of dark humor and horror that make him the perfect partner regarding a follow-up to one of Michael Keaton's most beloved characters. More recently he spoke with The Hollywood Reporter regarding his upcoming projects and did say that the follow-up would take place in the present day. More importantly, Michael Keaton suggested that he take a "less is more" approach with his character. For those of you expecting Beetlejuice front and center in the story, you may be disappointed.

Despite Beetlejuice being the most memorable character of that film, he doesn't appear until the halfway point and is only present for 17 minutes of screentime. The story was really about Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis), with the presence of Beetlejuice permeating almost every scene. I'm more than content if they apply this approach for the sequel, although that begs the question of who the story will actually focus on. It's no secret that Burton is seeking Winona Ryder to return so it's possible she would be the main focus of BEETLEJUICE 2. In any event, I hope they expand on the themes of the original and not just retread the same tale of the newly dead looking to spook the living.

beetlejuice-2-faux-posterLet's just thank the Gods we're NOT getting this.

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1:20PM on 01/13/2015
I don;t mind Beetlejuice not being the central character but my only problem is that no matter how good it will turn out everyone is going to bitch about it and say its bad because of it even though the first Beetlejuice was not primary based on him either. It was mostly about the ghosts and Ryder's characters more so than BeetleJuice anyway.
I don;t mind Beetlejuice not being the central character but my only problem is that no matter how good it will turn out everyone is going to bitch about it and say its bad because of it even though the first Beetlejuice was not primary based on him either. It was mostly about the ghosts and Ryder's characters more so than BeetleJuice anyway.
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4:02AM on 01/13/2015
well I suppose that's ok, but I hope we see him in more than just a cameo role! Even though Beetlejuice wasn't the main character in the film he stole every scene he was in! I would really love to see some background on who Beetlejuice was before he died! Let's hope this film get's greenlit and is awesome!
well I suppose that's ok, but I hope we see him in more than just a cameo role! Even though Beetlejuice wasn't the main character in the film he stole every scene he was in! I would really love to see some background on who Beetlejuice was before he died! Let's hope this film get's greenlit and is awesome!
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7:16PM on 01/12/2015
Hmmm, it sounds like we're getting less of Beetlejuice with more talk of this sequel.
Hmmm, it sounds like we're getting less of Beetlejuice with more talk of this sequel.
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4:48PM on 01/12/2015
I think Michael Keaton has the right idea. Beetlejuice is like Hannibal Lecter, the moment you know too much about him he loses his mystique. The one way I think they could really screw up the character is by making him too family friendly, or spout out too many pop-culture jokes. Aside from perhaps "ATTENTION K-MART SHOPPERS!" there's not much he says that feels THAT dated. Maybe doing Elvis impersonations isn't all the rage these days, but it's still funny enough. If Lydia is back, then
I think Michael Keaton has the right idea. Beetlejuice is like Hannibal Lecter, the moment you know too much about him he loses his mystique. The one way I think they could really screw up the character is by making him too family friendly, or spout out too many pop-culture jokes. Aside from perhaps "ATTENTION K-MART SHOPPERS!" there's not much he says that feels THAT dated. Maybe doing Elvis impersonations isn't all the rage these days, but it's still funny enough. If Lydia is back, then hopefully she's either being stalked by him, or she's positioned as a full-on adversary. Maybe a Van Helsing, Father Karras, or John Constantine type.

And I have zero interest in a Beetlejuice origin story. If this is gonna happen (and it sure sounds like it) then I ask what I've asked for a while now, just leave the Maitlands out of it.
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1:48PM on 01/12/2015

YOU BUNCH OF LOSERS!!!!

Jesus, if it sucks it sucks, if it's good it's good. Prequel trilogy, one out of three don't absolutely suck......i'll take it, better than nothing.
Jesus, if it sucks it sucks, if it's good it's good. Prequel trilogy, one out of three don't absolutely suck......i'll take it, better than nothing.
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12:50PM on 01/12/2015

Um, noooo

Except Beetlejuice references being around during the black plague. He's far older than anyone in the movie. Unless we are talking horse drawn cabs.
Except Beetlejuice references being around during the black plague. He's far older than anyone in the movie. Unless we are talking horse drawn cabs.
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12:22PM on 01/12/2015

Beetlejuice 2...

I have had the idea for a Beetlejuice 2 movie for about 10 years now. Before prequels were really a thing. This is the instance where I think a prequel would be awesome. We should see Beetlejuice before he dies. I envision him as a grumpy perverted cab driver. The story should follow him alive and then dead with his transformation into Beetlejuice. I hope they decide to go the prequel route with this. I don't want a sequel that feels like a rip off of the original.
I have had the idea for a Beetlejuice 2 movie for about 10 years now. Before prequels were really a thing. This is the instance where I think a prequel would be awesome. We should see Beetlejuice before he dies. I envision him as a grumpy perverted cab driver. The story should follow him alive and then dead with his transformation into Beetlejuice. I hope they decide to go the prequel route with this. I don't want a sequel that feels like a rip off of the original.
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12:47PM on 01/12/2015
no offense, but i'm glad you're not involved.
no offense, but i'm glad you're not involved.
12:49PM on 01/12/2015
This won't work.
This won't work.
1:23PM on 01/12/2015
Beetlejuice is a crazy, eccentric character. You don't know what time he is from. Just because he references a time period doesn't mean he is from it. I think it would work. To each his own.
Beetlejuice is a crazy, eccentric character. You don't know what time he is from. Just because he references a time period doesn't mean he is from it. I think it would work. To each his own.
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11:57AM on 01/12/2015
I would much rather have a movie about how he became Beetlejuice
I would much rather have a movie about how he became Beetlejuice
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11:36AM on 01/12/2015
As much as I would love to see a proper sequel, too many much time pay have passed for this to be relevant.
As much as I would love to see a proper sequel, too many much time pay have passed for this to be relevant.
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1:48PM on 01/12/2015
Ugh
Ugh
1:56PM on 01/12/2015
Relevant enough for you to click on the link, hopefully read the article, sign in (if not already), reply, and wait for the down votes lol.
Relevant enough for you to click on the link, hopefully read the article, sign in (if not already), reply, and wait for the down votes lol.
2:18PM on 01/12/2015
ah, the old 'but you took the time to read and comment' comment. one of the most tired responses on the internet.
ah, the old 'but you took the time to read and comment' comment. one of the most tired responses on the internet.
4:07AM on 01/13/2015
are you serious? Beetlejuice is always relevant!
are you serious? Beetlejuice is always relevant!
11:33AM on 01/12/2015

Script writer is just horrible

The movie has nothing going for it if this asshat writes the script. I don't even have much faith in Tim Burton anymore. Big Eyes was amazing but look at everything he has put out in the past 15 years... He had maybe two other good movies since 2000.


With a horrible screenwriter and a director who seems to have lost his touch, can Michael Keaton in a side role really save the day?? I love the guy and am so happy he won for Birdman, but honestly without that script there isn't much he can
The movie has nothing going for it if this asshat writes the script. I don't even have much faith in Tim Burton anymore. Big Eyes was amazing but look at everything he has put out in the past 15 years... He had maybe two other good movies since 2000.


With a horrible screenwriter and a director who seems to have lost his touch, can Michael Keaton in a side role really save the day?? I love the guy and am so happy he won for Birdman, but honestly without that script there isn't much he can do to save the movie.
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