Director Tim Burton looks to be returning to his comedic roots with his upcoming film Dark Shadows.Ā The first trailer premiered the other day, and the main comparison that came to mind tone-wise when watching the trailer was Burtonās masterwork Beetlejuice.Ā The ghoulishly funny 1988 film is a classic, and rumors of a sequel have lingered for quite a few years now.Ā We got a brief update from Burton back in January, when he confirmed that his Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was working on a screenplay.
Steve got to speak with Grahame-Smith earlier today at WonderCon where the screenwriter was promoting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and he gave an update on the Beetlejuice sequel confirming that Michael Keaton would return to star and Burton would produce.Ā He also revealed that the film will take place 26 or 27 years after the original, and teased what the premise might involve.Ā Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Grahame-Smith admitted he hasnāt had the chance to sit down and write the Beetlejuice follow-up just yet (heās got a lot on his plate at the moment), but he did confirm that heās met not only with Burton, but also with Keaton:
āBeetlejuice is hopefully the third thing Iām gonna write this year. Iāve met with Tim about it, Iāve met with Michael Keaton about it. Thereās a lot of goodwill to want to do it from both of those guys; Tim from a producing aspect and Michael from returning to the character. Again, itās on me. Itās whether or not I can come up with a script thatās worthy of them jumping back in.”
Itās interesting that Burton only plans on taking a producer role on the film, but since the project is still in the nascent stages itās very possible that he could change his mind once Grahame-Smith turns in the script. The scribe said that he has an idea in place for what the film might entail, and revealed that it will be a true sequel and not a reboot:
āI have a rough idea of what itās gonna be. HoweverāI should stress thisāitās not a remake, itās not a reboot, it is a true sequel with Michael Keaton as the title character Beetlejuice. The thing that Tim and Michael and I all agree on, and is most important for me is, I donāt wanna be the guy that destroys the legacy and the memory of the first film; I would rather die. I would rather just not make it, Iād rather just throw the whole thing away than make something that pays no respect and doesnāt live up even close to the legacy of the first film.”
Since reboots seem to be all the rage, itās quite refreshing to hear that they’re not simply making Beetlejuice 2.0 in which Keaton would pass the torch off to a younger, hipper ghoul. Grahame-Smith said that the film will account for the time-lapse from the original movie (much like Tron: Legacy), and teased what the premise might entail:
āThis will be a true 26 or 27 years later sequel. Whatās great is that for Beetlejuice, time means nothing in the afterlife, but the world outside is a different story.ā
Iām all for a Beetlejuice sequel if itās worthy of the original, and it sounds like all involved have set high standards for themselves. If Beetlejuice 2 does indeed come to fruition, Iām hoping itāll be because Grahame-Smith turned in a killer script that Burton and Keaton think is worth making. Though heās set to write a multitude of projects this year, I would think Beetlejuice is fairly high on Grahame-Smithās list so hopefully weāll hear word on whether or not itās going forward sometime later this year. You can watch the portion of Steve’s interview with Grahame-Smith concerning Beetlejuice 2 below, and look for the full interview soon.