Once, twice, three times a charm. Back in October, we gave you two scoops on a new Beetlejuice movie Warner Bros. was developing with screenwriter/author Seth Grahame-Smith, and it seems the creative wheels are whirling. Can it happen fast enough?
Burton's been a busy boy lately, wrapping up his swingin' '70s vampire flick Dark Shadows, polishing the animated Frankenweenie film for release this year and even eyeballing the Angelina Jolie-fronted Sleeping Beauty reimagining, Maleficent. Whew! But the con-man corpse so manically portrayed by a goofy, grandstanding Michael Keaton clearly remains a favorite in his twisted heart.
In an interview today with MTV, Burton mused on the status of the Beetlejuice project and what possible role sandworms and Zagnut bars may play in your immediate future:
MTV: Is it true that you're considering doing another Beetlejuice film?
Burton: Yes. 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.
MTV: Has he run any of his ideas by you yet?
Burton: 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.
Keaton has long been interested in reviving the Ghost With the Most, and the gig would inject a needed dose of adrenalin to his faded career. Burton is currently producing Seth Grahame-Smith's historical horror mashup Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, featuring Honest Abe as a fierce fighter of the undead in our 19th-century heartland.
Grahame-Smith has already mentioned Burton's blessing and that the star of the movie had to be Michael Keaton in a true continuation of the original story 26 years later. Hey, what's a couple of decades to a decomposing dead dude in a striped suit jacket?
So does this Beetlejuice project warrant all the attention, or should it be left to rest in peace?