As rumblings of a potential big-screen sequel continue to linger in development hell, Warner Bros. has decided to take Beetlejuice in a different route for the meantime: Broadway.
The New York Post reports Beetlejuice is currently being developed as a stage production, with Warner Bros. producing and Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) directing. There's no word on exactly which direction they’ll be taking the story on the stage, but you have to admit the quirky visuals and tone of the 1988 film seem ripe for translation to that medium. It also has its fair share of built-in musical numbers, most notably "The Banana Boat Song" and "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora),” so it's not that much of a stretch.
If you’re not familiar with Timbers, he’s also worked on Mozart in the Jungle and The Pee-Wee Herman Show. He was also recently attached to direct Disney’s Frozen musical adaptation, but was reportedly replaced because of the massive scope of that project (which is kind of understandable).
If they can actually put together a solid production, tap into that Burton-esque weirdness (and timely nostalgia), Beetlejuice on Broadway could just be a match made in heaven (or whatever they call that bureaucratic afterlife). Just watch out for sandworms.
(Via The New York Post)