Twenty three years after the original release, it looks like we’re closer than ever to seeing BEETLEJUICE II. Indeed, a sequel, not a reboot, according to writer/producer duo, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.
‘We’re NOT remaking BEETLEJUICE,’ said Katzenberg. ‘People have been very angry about that.’
Fans of the original will be relieved to hear of the involvement of the original team. ‘The only way we’d do it is if we got Tim’s blessing and involvement, and we got that,’ confirmed Smith. ‘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.’
Much like other 80s classics BILL & TED, BACK TO THE FUTURE AND LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the original film became a cartoon spin-off. Not only that, it very nearly got a sequel in the early 90s called (brace yourself) BEETLEJUICE GOES HAWAIIAN. It featured Beetlejuice winning a surf contest with magic. Much scarier than the original, for the wrong reasons. When asked to re-write the script, Kevin Smith (CLERKS) commented “Didn’t we say all we needed to say in the first Beetlejuice? Must we go tropical?”
Assuming Keaton is involved, we’re sure the new sequel will rise from the dead in spectacular fashion. Its SHOWTIME!