They're Baaack: Michael Keaton Interested in Returning to 'Beetlejuice'; 'Dracula: Year Zero' Rises from the Grave

They're Baaack: Michael Keaton Interested in Returning to 'Beetlejuice'; 'Dracula: Year Zero' Rises from the Grave

Feb 13, 2012

Michael Keaton as BeetlejuiceRemember when we were all abuzz about a potential Beetlejuice sequel last year? Well, today we bring you another update on that project.

Last month the film earned a bit of buzz when director Tim Burton stated that he’d be interested in being involved in the project, which is being developed by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Burton wouldn’t return to direct, but he did say he’d love to be involved in a creative capacity. That’s good news for fans wanting a sequel that remains true to the spirit of the original 1988 hit.

Even better news is that Grahame-Smith tells website NME that he’s been in contact with Michael Keaton about returning to play the film’s title character – a ghost hired to convince unwelcome humans to leave a deceased couple’s home.

When asked how interested Keaton was in returning to the role, this was Grahame-Smith’s reply:

“Huge, he's been wanting to do it for 20 years and he'll talk to anybody about it who will listen. I really told him, I have a huge reverence for Tim and a huge reverence for that film in general.”

The writer goes on to add that the Keaton conversation lasted for several hours and dealt with “big picture stuff.” He added, “I don't think we should do it if we shit on the legacy. He agrees. So, right now, it remains to be seen. I have a couple of story ideas, but we've very early out."

That last bit seems obvious, but I think we all have to be feeling better about this project knowing that Keaton and Burton appear to be very involved.

Another film that’s been kicking around for a bit is Universal’s planned reboot of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale, Dracula. Last we heard, Dracula: Year Zero was close to production with Sam Worthington in the lead and Dark City director Alex Proyas behind the camera. The studio ultimately drove a stake through the film’s heart over budget concerns, but like all good vampires, this project refuses to stay dead.

JoBlo states that Year Zero is back on the production track and that Universal has its eye on Gary Shore for the director slot. Negotiations are ongoing, but should they pan out this will mark Shore’s first feature. The filmmaker has worked previously in commercials and made at least one short film.

The idea behind Dracula: Year Zero is to relaunch the classic character by merging the real-life history of Vlad the Impaler and Stoker’s iconic vampire. It remains to be seen if this will work out (Coppola’s version flirted with the idea), but we’re willing to give it a shot.

The really important issue here is obviously the casting. Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi became icons playing Dracula – who would you want to see donning the cape and fangs today? 

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