Written by Zen Terrelonge
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice… I’ll just say it twice for now, one is for the rumour, two is for the sequel.
With the consistent outpour of film remakes and reboots, I think it’s only a matter of time until the announcement that Stand By Me and E.T. are going to find themselves under new management.
That time hasn’t come for now though.
What has arrived however is fresh gossip of 1988 horror-comedy, Beetlejuice getting a makeover, not with a remake, but a reported storyline advance from the original.
Presumably in English, that translates into a sequel.
Warner Bros are said to be behind the movement signing a new deal with KatzSmith productions, one half of who was the screenwriter behind Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, in the form of Seth Grahame-Smith.
He and his partner David Katzenberg are expected to be grinding their heads together to churn out a script for the supposed sequel and it could all make sense. The reason being, Tim Burton the director of Dark Shadows was the director of Beetlejuice, so that would be quite a tidy connection.
If it does turn out to be true, whether Michael Keaton will reprise his role as the stripy-suited deadman is unknown.
Should a new recruit be drafted in though, who on earth could step up to the plate?
Perhaps a good friend of Burton? A serial collaborator? Someone known to play eccentric characters? Someone with a broad range and a fondness for pale skin?
Oh yes – Johnny Depp.