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Jun

Yet more news on the Beetlejuice sequel

Again, I am full of mixed feelings about the idea of a sequel to one of my favorite movies, but then I read interview snippets with the writer, Seth Grahame-Smith, and the stirrings of hope become stronger. From Bleeding Cool News:

If we come up with nothing but shit then we’re not going to do it. Beetlejuice, I think, is too important to too many people, myself included, and Tim, and Michael Keaton, to do a sequel just for the sake of it, because we’d think it would be commercial. It’s one of my favourite movies of all time. I still have the original 1988 poster in my office, framed, above my desk. It was an important and seminal movie for me. I want to find a way, so badly, to get it right, but I am so absolutely horrified at the thought of getting it wrong that we’re taking our time and being really careful about it. Though I have talked to Tim quite a bit about it, and I have talked to Michael quite a bit.

But here’s the problem. Beetlejuice was a wonderful accident. It has, of course, irreverence, visual inventiveness and daring, and it has subversive humour in it. Endless inventiveness. But, really, when they put it together, and Tim will tell you this, David Geffen will tell you this, and Michael Keaton will tell you this, that when they first put it together it just didn’t work. That was a movie that miraculously and strangely came together in editing. They found this wonderful, strange, irreverent movie in there.

That’s the scariest part for me – essentially I’m trying to catch lightning in a bottle. The chance of creating something transcendent twice is very slim.

But I think the magic ingredient is trying not to over do it. Not to make it some crazy, overblown big Beetlejuice Saves the World type of story. Frankly, Beetlejuice himself is only in the original movie for about a half hour. I think using him sparingly is key. And not trying to make it so modern, family friendly and broad but to cling to the things that made it a little dangerous.

And obviously we’re not remaking the movie or rebooting it. It would be a sequel, and however much time has passed between the two movies, that’s the amount of time that will have passed in the story.

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    These gentlemen sound as though they’re taking the only approach that might possibly yield results that aren’t dreaful....
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    No no NO don’t touch the movie again no matter what please :|. People keep sequel-ing movies to death these days. How...
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    Previously I was apprehensive about the idea of a beetlejuice sequel, Although it really does sound like they are...
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    ((PLEASE PUT HIM IN IT FOR AT LEAST 40 MINUTES! The original was more like… 20 minutes, and we (Okay… I) need a pinch...
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