Will 'Beetlejuice 2' Happen With a Script By Seth Grahame-Smith?

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:18 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Will 'Beetlejuice 2' Happen With a Script By Seth Grahame-Smith?

Did you know that, following the success of Tim Burton's sophomore feature, Warner Bros was developing a Beetlejuice sequel titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian?  No, it's true.  The 1988 supernatural comedy starring Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a deceased couple, Winona Ryder as a goth teen, and Michael Keaton as the eponymous exorcist of the living led to a brief animated series, but could very well been ground zero for a franchise.  Those dreams are not yet as dead as Betelgeuse himself, though, as a new development deal by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg's KatzSmith Productions is likely to include Grahame-Smith's take on a continuation of Beetlejuice.

According to Deadline, details on the two year first-look deal between KatzSmith and Warner Bros is still being ironed out, but one of several projects to be developed is almost surely a new Beetlejuice.  To be clear, this would not be a remake.  Instead, the idea is apparently, "to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original."

The deal came about principally as a result of Grahame-Smith's work on the screenplay for Dark Shadows, Burton's theatrical revival of the 1960's gothic soap opera currently in production with stars including Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Michelle Pfeiffer

Grahame-Smith is the novelist behind the mashups Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  The latter, which Grahame Smith adapted from his own book, is currently in post-production under director Timur Bekmambetov at 20th Century Fox, which will release the film as a 3D tentpole next summer.

Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith were candidates to take over directorial duties on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before Craig Gillespie scored the job.  The duo worked together on a webseries starring Michael Cera and Clark Duke before a short directed by Katzenberg became the MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, which they executive produce and both direct occasionally.  They recently set up the comedy From Mia With Love at Fox.  That project is a teen comedy about a group of friends so desperate to lose their virginity that they buy a Russian male order bride to accomplish that goal.  Grahame-Smith co-wrote with Kevin Chesley and Bryan Shukoff.

They're looking to emulate JJ Abrams's Bad Robot and Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment with KatzSmith.  Their relationship with Warner Bros will give the studio first crack at a bunch of projects, including Bryantology, about a broke dude who creates a religion for purely financial reasons and finds himself inadvertently becoming a cult leader.  There's also the biblical mashup comedy We Three Kings, which explores "what the Three Wisemen from the Bible were actually doing in the manger that night."  Finally, there's Night of the Living, a stop-motion feature which would be produced by Burton and tell the story of a town inhabited by monsters that finds itself under invasion by a malicious force of humans.

Seth Grahame-Smith will write two screenplays for WB, of which Beetlejuice 2 might just be one.  Both he and David Katzenberg (the son of DreamWorks Animation top dog Jeffrey Katzenberg) seem to have a lock on the kind of clever, one-line synopses that inevitably become movies, but whether or not they become an unstoppable producing juggernaut will likely depend on the reception of Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter next year.

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