How many times do we have to talk about Beetlejuice for the sequel to appear?
There has been talking about a Beetlejuice sequel for a long time. We first reported about it back in 2011, but we even had a piece in much earlier than that talking about ’80s films that would never get a reboot. That was a far more innocent time. Well, Deadline is reporting that Beetlejuice 2 has a new scriptwriter that will hopefully get the train rolling once again. That scriptwriter is Mike Vukadinovich.
Apparently, deals with the two most important pieces of the puzzle, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton, are nowhere near done. The two are currently working together on the upcoming Disney film, Dumbo, and are eager to take a stab at Beetlejuice once again. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions are still heading the project that they’ve been working on for six-plus years.
What is interesting about Vukadinovich writing the script is that although he has sold many scripts, none of them have been turned into feature films. He was given a co-writing credit on the film Rememory, but other than that his scripts have been left in an unproduced vortex. Deadline also mentions that he has written scripts for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, based on the Disneyland ride and has written some scripts for Marvel’s Runaways series. This is a major opportunity for him to shape a big production into a success.
Beetlejuice is the 1988 film from Tim Burton that has become something of a cult classic. Released by Warner Brothers, the film features Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as the Maitland family. When they perish from a car accident, they are stuck in their home as ghosts for over 100 years. Another family purchases their house and they have a daughter named Lydia (Winona Ryder). The Maitland’s can try to scare away the family on their own or they can turn to a mischievous “bio-exorcist” ghost named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to do the dirty work for them.
With the participation of Vukadinovich as the scriptwriter, there is hope for this project yet. Burton and Keaton are eager, it should only be a matter of time.