There’s been a lot of Beetlejuice talk as of late, but one whting we do know is that Seth Grahame-Smith has completed the screenplay. Michael Keaton wants to return as Betelgeuse, the “ghost with the most”, while Tim Burton would direct. However, the verdict is still out on Winona Ryder.
In an interview with THR, which also reveals he’s penning the new Gremlins reboot, he explains that the new Beetlejuice will be a modern day sequel, with less being more.
“Grhame-Smith says he is rejecting the idea of rebooting the movie with a new star in favor of bringing Michael Keaton back in a sequel set in the present day. He also took Keaton’s “less is more” advice with the character, noting that in the original Beetlejuice doesn’t appear until almost the midpoint.”
Between those projects, he hopes to start filming his directorial debut in 2015, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. He and Katzenberg also are developing TV shows — the most promising probably is King’s The Things They Left Behind with Greg Berlanti for CBS — and other movies, including Scorpio Races and a teen comedy about three virgins who get a Russian mail-order bride. Producer Dan Lin is also working with Grahame-Smith on adapting King’s It.