It’s something that bubbles to the surface from time to time like farts in a bath but it looks like a sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 classic comedy Beetlejuice may actually happen. It’s fallen to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-mith as he launches a new production company KatzSmith.
Stories of a sequel have been floating about for years and Burton himself even gave Mars Attacks! writer Jonathan Gems the concept of a follow up based in Hawaii at one point (nothing became of the few drafts which were written).
KatzSmith is the union of Graham-Smith with David Katzenberger and they’ve just signed a two-year deal with Warners to produce their own material.
A Beetlejuice sequel for the duo isn’t something that’s come completely out of the blue as Graham-Smith wrote the script for Burton’s Dark Shadows and Burton is a producer on Abraham Lincoln.
Deadline reports that it the intention is to “reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original” which seems like a complete contradiction in terms.
Personally, I feel that they shouldn’t disturb the restful slumber of the dead but if there’s money to be made by grave-robbing, then it’s hardly that surprising. No news yet on whether Michael Keaton will be involved in any significant capacity.