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‘Beetlejuice II’ Not Happening Without Keaton


Katz­Smith Productions, headed by David Katzen­berg and Seth Grahame-Smith (writer of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), has a few genre projects up their sleeves.

The most prominent, of course, is Beetlejuice II, which has been talked about ever since the first film was a big hit for Warner Bros. The duo wants to make sure everyone knows that this won’t end up becoming a remake under their watch, and Grahame-Smith said it won’t happen without Keaton.

When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we’d do it if we got Tim [Burton’s] blessing and involvement, and we got that, and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, ‘Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie.’ We’re not there yet [with Keaton] because we don’t have a film to present to him.

In addition to reviving the ghost with the most, they’ve got Alive in Necropolis – based on a supernatural crime novel by Doug Dorst about the real-life city of Colma,Calif., which has 1,600 living citizens, and 1.6 million bodies buried in its surrounding cemeteries – in the works, as well as Extra Curricular, a live-action TV series which is being described as “the supernatural Breakfast Club.”


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