Michael Keaton‘s performance as Beetlejuice was so iconic that it’s a shame we’ve never seen the “ghost with the most” back on the big screen. It’s nice that Tim Burton moved on to different things, but it’s the one franchise that has always begged for a follow-up, especially when you consider the rich, untapped mythology that was never realized.
Thankfully, Warner Bros. continues to push forward on a Beetlejuice sequel, even if it may never come to fruition. Deadline says that the latest development – after Seth Grahame-Smith completed a screenplay five-freaking-years ago – is that the studio has hired Mike Vukadinovich to rewrite the screenplay. There’s no explanation of what “rewrite” means but it sounds as if they’re reworking an existing screenplay, although this could mean a “page 1” rewrite. Ugh. I’m losing my mind.
Vukadinovich’s most recent film work is Rememory, a science-fiction drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was acquired by Lionsgate.
As for director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton, no deals are anywhere done but the site hears that the two — who are currently working on Dumbo at Disney — have been excited at the thought of collaborating on a sequel.
The original Beetlejuice was directed by Burton in 1988 and has become a cult favorite. It starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as ghosts who haunt their old home. When a little girl (Winona Ryder) accidentally unleashes a mischievous ghost (Keaton), the ghosts try to drive the homeowners (Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones) out of the house.