One sequel I’m dying to see get off the ground is Beetlejuice 2, which already has various key members on record stating they’ll be returning.
Michael Keaton, who starred as the “ghost with the most”, reassured us die-hard fans that he’ll be back so long as Tim Burton directs.
“I’ve e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff,” Keaton told MTV, speaking that it’s still way early in the process. “I always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.
“Now it looks like he is involved,” Keaton continued speaking on Burton directing, “And without giving too much away we’ve talked to each other, and e-mailed each other, and if he’s in, it’s going to be hard not to be in.”
Winona Ryder shared the same sentiments as Keaton back in November. Thanks to Bloody reader ‘Travis E.’ for the tip! READ MORE
It has long been rumored that Michael Keaton would return as the “ghost with the most” if Warner Bros. were to ever make a new Beetlejuice movie. Earlier this month, Keaton was confirmed to be involved in the new “sequel”, which now has Tim Burton circling to direct.
If that weren’t exciting as it is, Winona Ryder has told The Daily Beast that she may be on board, too!
“I’m kind of sworn to secrecy,” Ryder said Monday afternoon in Los Angeles. “But it sounds like it might be happening.” READ MORE
A few weeks ago Michael Keaton sorta kinda confirmed his involvement in Beetlejuice 2. Tim Burton appears to be directing. Seth Grahame-Smith is currently writing the script. While the film is still many, many steps away from a green light it’s certainly in development and there’s a reasonable chance it could happen. And, while there’s no guarantee this thing will be any good, it’s also not yet the assured disaster that Ghostbusters 3 is (should that film ever actually get off the ground).
But I’m actually hopeful it will be good. For one, Beetlejuice 2 seems to be retaining its main attraction – Michael Keaton. While you could make an argument that the concepts and worlds of both Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice have merits that would attract their respective fanbases no matter who was involved, there’s a big difference between attracting your fanbase and pleasing it. Ghostbusters 3 will be catastrophically hobbled by Bill Murray’s absence. Beetlejuice 2 may or may not bring back Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder or Catherine O’Hara (I seriously doubt they’d bring back Jeffrey Jones), but at least it has its marquee name. And Keaton’s recent work in films like The Other Guys suggests he still has the comic chops to pull it off.
But the main reason I’m able to be cautiously optimistic? Frankenweenie. Last year Tim Burton made a creative comeback by going back to the beginning of his career and reassessing it with new eyes and the result was wonderful. And unexpected. I honestly didn’t think he had a picture like that in him after Alice In Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Of course, like all of the best Tim Burton movies*, Frankenweenie underperformed at the box office. But I’m hopeful that he doesn’t let the sting of that perceived failure smother whatever may have reawakened inside of him.
Of course, Seth Grahame-Smith is writing the movie and I haven’t really been a huge fan of his film stuff thus far (I haven’t read his books but mashups most assuredly aren’t my thing). He even wrote Dark Shadows for Burton – which admittedly isn’t a great example of what these two are capable of when paired up. But I’m not prepared to disavow his ability to do good work just yet. Francis Lawrence, a director who has had several creative misses with films like I Am Legend and Water For Elephants, appears to have fashioned a truly great film out of the upcoming Catching Fire – so there’s always a chance for people to up their game. Plus, the world of Beetlejuice is fairly ripe with possibility.
So… yeah. There are hurdles here, I won’t lie. But if you had asked me if I thought Frankenweenie was going to be any good at this stage in its development I would have rolled my eyes. Instead, I saw the film and nearly cried them out. So while I’m not placing all of my chips on Beetlejuice 2 just yet, I at least feel semi-reasonable in my hope that it’ll work out. Every creative person has fallow periods, perhaps Burton has found a way out of his.
* Seriously. When your best film (Ed Wood) makes less than six million dollars and your worst (Alice In Wonderland) makes over a billion worldwide, that has to be a bit of a mindf*ck. Not every artist’s fallow period is so wildly successful.
A cool image popped up in my newsfeed that compares different horror or horror-esque characters with different genres of metal. Different characters include Hellraiser‘s Pinhead, The Crow‘s Eric Draven, Clash Of The Titan‘s Hades, and more.
Several of them seem pretty spot on (Pinhead and Dracula definitely work) but some of these really make me think that genre-defining is going WAY too far. “Depressive Suicidal Black Metal”? “National Socialist Black Metal”? “Raw Black Metal”? What’s that, black metal that wasn’t cooked long enough?
Head on down to check out the image and leave your thoughts on which characters would be good with which types of metal genres! Don’t ask me why but I have a weird feeling that Jason would really dig listening to some Pantera. READ MORE
Since a celebrity’s word means dirt these days, we’re trepidatious in telling you that Michael Keaton confirmed his Beetlejuice 2 involvement to TMZ.
When asked about if he’d be involved in the Tim Burton directing vehicle, his simply responded with a “Yes.”
His name has always came with the project, just as Burton has always been named to direct, but it’s always nice to hear it straight from the “ghost with the most’s” mouth.
Seth Grahame-Smith is penning the screenplay that’s said to take place all these years after the first paranormal event.
With all of these Army of Darkness 2 and Ghostbusters 3 rumors constantly circling, it would be nice to see one of them actually go behind cameras. READ MORE
Update: Variety reports the same news a few hours later. I’ve never in my life heard of Schmoes Know – so take this with a grain of salt – but they claim to be confirming that Tim Burton will direct Beetlejuice 2 for Warner Bros. Pictures.
This isn’t completely fresh news as Burton did express interest in directing back in January, and has always had his name close to that role.
He would also produce the sequel to his 1988 classic that starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a couple of recently deceased ghosts whom contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” – Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) – in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Annie McEnroe and Winona Ryder also starred.
Seth Grahame-Smith has been working on the screenplay and presumably finished. Word is that Keaton would return, and that the film may not carry a sequel moniker, and will instead be released as “Beetlejuice”.
More as it comes in. READ MORE
On October 30th in Detroit, MI, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a night of Music From The Films Of Tim Burton. It is a celebration of the music written and composed by Danny Elfman, from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Batman through Alice In Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Tickets are only $13 and can be purchased here.
A video describing how the event began and what to expect can be seen below. READ MORE
Today in horror we celebrate the birthday of composer Danny Elfman and recognize the music and compositions that he has brought to our genre! Elfman’s work has been heard in all but two of Tim Burton’s films (Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd) as well as such films as Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. He also composed the main themes for The Simpsons as well as the “March Of The Dead” in Army Of Darkness.
Born May 29th in Los Angeles, California, Elfman became known to many people through the rock band Oingo Boingo, who were known for their heavy Halloween-themed concerts. His first film score was for 1980′s Forbidden Zone, which was directed by his brother, Richard Elfman. Since then, Elfman has gone on to score for some 90 films and shows, has been nominated four times for an Academy Award (he has never won), and won 33 various other awards, including the Richard Kirk award, which is given to composers who make significant contributions to film and television music.
Join me below in listening to some of my favorite cues from Danny Elfman as we wish him a very happy 59th birthday! READ MORE
There are Minecraft roller coasters, and then there are Minecraft roller coasters. Every stab I make falls firmly into the former, while this is decidedly a card-carrying member of the latter. I’ve my share of amazing fan-made Minecraft roller coasters, but this sets the bar astronomically high for the next. It’s weird, funny, and trippy — all words I’ve used to describe it’s inspiration, Beetlejuice, which I suddenly have a very strong urge to watch right now. Check it out after the jump.
It was announced last year that Warner Bros. Pictures would be working with Tim Burton on a continuation to the 1988 Tim Burton-directed hit Beetlejuice, which starred Michael Keaton as a ghoul hired by a recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house.
Seth Grahame-Smith, who took a stab at Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows, was hired to pen the screenplay for the “sequel.” He took to Twitter this morning to tease the following image; a Beetlejuice action figure standing in front of a computer screen with with the subtitle “It’s showtime…” teasing below. The figure, I suppose, is standing in front of the completed screenplay? News soon, I hope.
Burton and Keaton made the movie while they were working on the studio’s first Batman film, which was released the following year. READ MORE
Beetlemania lives — inside a cramped studio apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, jokes the NY Daily News. The tight quarters house the city’s smallest and silliest museum, a kitschy conglomeration of collectibles that breathes new life into its famously undead muse: Beetlejuice.
“It’s so much fun!” says curator/tenant Bruce Christensen to the mag, whose fascination with the seedy movie character memorably played by Michael Keaton dates back 15 years. “This is definitely one of the top 10 attractions in New York City.”
Christensen’s inspiration for the unique assortment of tiny plastic toys, bobblehead dolls, collectible cards and other Beeetle-juicy items came early one morning, as he described in the following video, where he found a toy in a bargain box. The cartoon was what revived his love for the franchise: “For years, I left the TV on when I went to bed,” he explains during a spin around the museum. “One day I woke up and the cartoon was on, and I just loved it.”
Below we’ve added a video, while you can read more about the museum by clicking the above link. READ MORE
Shout! Factory announced a multi-property alliance to bring the memorable Warner Bros. television series “MADtv” (seasons two though five) and the animated series “Beetlejuice” to the home entertainment marketplace. The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive DVD rights to all 94 episodes of “Beetlejuice” for home entertainment releases in the United States and Canada. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos.
“We are excited about this new opportunity with Warner Bros. MADtv and “Beetlejuice” are two highly entertaining television properties with a large fan following. We look forward to presenting these two series on DVD and sharing them with a new generation of fans,” state the Shout! Factory founders.
Featuring the voice talent of Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Roger Dunn and Elizabeth Hanna, “Beetlejuice” is the highly popular animated series adaptation of Tim Burton’s hit movie that ran successfully on television from 1989 – 1992. The series follows the imaginative adventures of “Beetlejuice” and human teenager Lydia Deetz in Neitherland. READ MORE
You love horror. Naturally, you want to show that love on Halloween, the one day a year when you can dress like a psychotic killer and still look relatively normal.
But beware what costume you choose.
Each character says something about you as a person which you might not feel comfortable sharing with the rest of the world. Here are just ten costumes and the secrets about you they could reveal. READ MORE
I love this story so much it’s not even funny. As you may or may not know, nearly everyone in Hollywood plays the “PC” game, meaning, every answer they give is a load of horse sh*t. Winona Ryder doesn’t play that game.
This past weekend the cast and crew of Frankenweenie took to Disneyland in California to talk about the animated pic arriving in theaters October 5.
With both Ryder and Tim Burton taking part, it was only a matter of time until some fresh Beetlejuice talk hit the Web. While Burton is said to be part of the project (it’s unclear if he’ll direct), Seth Grahame-Smith, the screenwriter behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is working on the current draft. Michael Keaton is also said be returning.
“At the Frankenweenie press junket in Anaheim on Sunday, a reporter enthusiastically told Winona Ryder that she was very excited for Beetlejuice 2 and hoped that Ryder would be in the movie,” says Flixist. “Ryder had just spent the fifteen minutes prior gushing about her emotional connection to all of her roles in Burton’s movies, with a particular emphasis on Lydia. Given that, you’d think she might be pretty enthusiastic about the new movie, or at least somewhat optimistic. Instead, her response was a heavy sigh, a roll of the eyes, and a “Yeah, that would be…great.”
Tim Burton himself seemed more optimistic about the project, but was surprisingly hands-off about the whole thing. When asked about the project, he sounded somewhat uncomfortable and gave a non-answer. “Somebody’s writing a version, but I’m sort of…not making any preconceived ideas about it, and…not over-thinking something that I haven’t seen, so I’m just kind of keeping an open mind about it and seeing what comes.” Burton said that he is passionate about every project he goes into, so he could just have his mind on other work, but it seems odd for him to be quite as distant as he is. Thanks to BD reader Matthew R. for the tip.
Michael Keaton is in talks to star opposite Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman in MGM’s remake of Robocop, reports Variety. He will reportedly be taking over for the departing Hugh Laurie as the film’s villain. I’m not sure if this remake will be any good or not – but it will be d*mn nice to have Keaton back onscreen. He’s always a pleasure to watch and was great in The Other Guys.
Elite Squad helmer Jose Padilha is directing an origin story from Josh Zetumer’s script. Kinnaman stars as the crimefighter, a Detroit police office who’s transformed into RoboCop after he’s murdered while on duty.
“In ‘RoboCop’, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilises their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before. ”
The actioner is set to start shooting in Toronto next month. Sony is distributing and has set an August 9, 2013 domestic release date. READ MORE
Seth Grahame-Smith is, to say the least, a busy guy. His revision of the birth of Jesus and the three wise men, “Unholy Night”, is published tomorrow. He also wrote Dark Shadows for Tim Burton and adapted his book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Timur Bekmambetov. But that doesn’t mean we won’t write the screenplays for Unholy Night, Beetlejuice 2 and a new project called Night Of The Living in quick succession.
He told the Hollywood Reporter, “‘Night of the Living’ is an idea I have had around for years that I’m doing with Tim Burton. When we were shooting ‘Dark Shadows’ last year I worked up the nerve to tell Tim about it because I always thought it would make a good movie. When I saw what he had done with ‘Frankweenie and Corpse Bride’, it always struck me as a great idea for that form. I’m writing it at Warner’s Bros. for him (as a stop-motion monster movie). As soon I’m done with that draft, I’ll move into ‘Unholy Night’, probably in a matter of weeks. Once we have a script and we’ll get together with David Heyman and the studio, we’ll go looking for a director. The ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel will come after ‘Unholy Night’ in my schedule. The first opportunity to tackle that will probably be later this year.”
Smith is actually down the road a bit with Beetlejuice 2, he’s been discussing the project with both Tim Burton and Michael Keaton for a while now so it’s not necessarily a pipe dream. It could happen. While I’m not necessarily fond of the mashups he’s done with “Lincoln” or “Pride, Prejudice And Zombies”, he’s still an unknown quantity as a screenwriter to me. People seem to like working with him, maybe he’s better suited to the screenwriting trade than he is to gimmicky novels.
Last fall it was announced that Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were attached to develop a new Beetlejuice. MTV caught up with original director Tim Burton who reveals that he’s actually considering returning to the so-to-be franchise that starred Michael Keaton as the title character.
“Yes,” Burton boldly stated when asked if he’d consider doing another Beetlejuice. “I love that character, and Michael [Keaton] is so great in it. I always think about how great and fun that character was, so I just said to ["Vampire Hunter" writer] Seth [Grahame-Smith], “If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I’ll look at it freshly.” In the past, I tried some things, but that was way back when. He seemed really excited about it.” In speaking of running his ideas by Burton, he explained, “No. I told him to try some stuff, but he hasn’t come back to me yet. Michael was so great in it. I’m sure he’d strangely tap right back into it.”
The 1988 Tim Burton-directed hit starred Michael Keaton as a ghoul hired by a recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house. Burton and Keaton made the movie while they were working on the studio’s first Batman film, which was released the following year. READ MORE
Michael Hoffman Jr. and Aaron T. Wells are both on post on Archstone Entertainment’s Girls Gone Dead, which boasts this idiotic cast: Ron Jeremy, Linnea Quigley, Al Sapienza, Shawn C. Phillips, Beetlejuice, Jerry Lawler, Ryan Keely and Caley Hayes.
“In the film six former cheerleaders decide to spend their first college spring break partying at Manatee Creek, but the weekend turns deadly when a killer armed with a battle axe is let loose.”
Check out the AFM sales art inside. READ MORE
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.” READ MORE
Rumors of a Beetlejuice sequel have been swirling online since I started the website back in 2001. In fact, at one point a direct-to-video sequel was actually announced. Nothing ever came into fruition, thankfully, as now the studio looks to back a big budget continuation with Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies writer Seth Grahame-Smith!
The 1988 Tim Burton-directed hit starred Michael Keaton as a ghoul hired by a recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house. Burton and Keaton made the movie while they were working on the studio’s first Batman film, which was released the following year.
Beetlejuice also starred Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder and Geena Davis. The film will not be a remake, says Deadline; the intention is to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original, which was done by The Geffen Company and Warner Bros. My understanding is that this would mean Keaton will be replaced as the “Ghost with the most.”