If you were thinking “what Hollywood really needs is a reboot of Beetlejuice…” the following news should have you humming Harry Belafonte’s "Day-O" within the next thirty seconds.
Warner Bros. has signed a first look deal with David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions, and the company’s first project is rumored to be a reboot/sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 comedy hit. Details of the deal are still being ironed out, but early buzz is indicates the duo will craft two scripts for Warners – and that Beetlejuice is the one execs are excited about.
The new pact came about after Warners was impressed with Grahame-Smith’s work on Burton’s upcoming Dark Shadows. Grahame-Smith then introduced studio execs to Katzenberg (who’s the son of Dreamworks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg), and the studio immediately jumped on the opportunity to lock the young talents up for the short term.
No one knows any real details about the planned Beetlejuice reboot at this point, except that the “intention is to reboot it while advancing the storyline of the original.” Sounds pretty vague to us.
Burton’s film starred Michael Keaton as the title character, a supernatural entity hired by a recently deceased husband and wife (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the new owners out of their home. The mixture of zany comedy and Burton’s funhouse-styled visuals made the film a hit with audiences. It seems unlikely that any of the original cast will be returning (sad, because it’s hard to imagine anyone but Keaton playing Beetlejuice).
Grahame-Smith does at least seem like a good choice to pen the script. The writer has not only worked on Burton’s Dark Shadows (which shows he gets the director’s unique take on the world), but he’s also the author behind Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
We’ll bring you more details on a potential Beetlejuice reboot as they emerge. Until then, let us know how you feel in the comment section – is this another example of Hollywood’s complete lack of creativity and playing-it-safe approach to filmmaking or can you accept a Beetlejuice reboot on its own merits?