"Beetlejuice" (1988) ist eine rasante, überaus skurrile Komödie von Tim Burton (u.a. "Batman")...
Was tut man als frisch verstorbenes Geisterpaar, wenn das traute Heim plötzlich von einer total abgedrehten Yuppie-Familie heimgesucht wird? Adam (Alec Baldwin) und Barbara (Geena Davis), als Schreckgespenster absolute Nieten, wenden sich an Bettlejuice (Michael Keaton) - ein Lottergeist, der es in sich hat...
Statt "Beetlejuice 2" naht ein "Beetlejuice"-Reboot...
STYD sprach mit dem Drehbuchautor Seth Grahame-Smith über den Stand der Dinge in Sachen Sequel...
[...] "It's a reality in the sense that I met with Michael Keaton last week," Grahame-Smith told us. "We talked for a couple of hours and talked about big picture stuff. It's a priority for Warner Bros. It's a priority for Tim. Right now, I am writing an animated movie for Tim based on an idea of mine. Then I adapt Unholy Night [based on the upcoming book]. The third I am hoping is Beetlejuice in terms of writing schedule."
And what was Keaton's excitement level like?
"Huge," the writer added, "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. 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're very early out." [...]
MTV sprach mit Tim Burton...
MTV: [...] Is it true that you're considering doing another "Beetlejuice" film?
Burton: Yes. I love that character, and Michael [Keaton] is so great in it. I always think about how great and fun that character was, so I just said to ["Vampire Hunter" writer] Seth [Grahame-Smith], "If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I'll look at it freshly." In the past, I tried some things, but that was way back when. He seemed really excited about it.
MTV: Has he run any of his ideas by you yet?
Burton: No. I told him to try some stuff, but he hasn't come back to me yet. Michael was so great in it. I'm sure he'd strangely tap right back into it. [...]
EW sprach mit David Katzenberg und Seth Grahame-Smith über das "Beetlejuice"-Sequel...
[...] an update on "the ghost with the most" that’s still in the concept phase.
DK: We’re not remaking Beetlejuice. People have been very angry about that.
SGS: When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we’d do it if we got Tim [Burton’s] blessing and involvement, and we got that, and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, "Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie." We’re not there yet [with Keaton] because we don’t have a film to present to him. [...]
KatzSmith Productions partners David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have just signed a two-year first-look feature producing deal at Warner Bros. While rights are still being worked out, one of their first projects is expected to be a sequel to Beetlejuice, the 1988 Tim Burton-directed hit that starred Michael Keaton as a ghoul hired by a recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house. Burton and Keaton made the movie while they were working on the studio’s first Batman film, which was released the following year. Beetlejuice also starred Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder and Geena Davis. The film will not be a remake; the intention is to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original, which was done by The Geffen Company and Warner Bros.
The Warner Bros producing deal grew from the screenwriting work that Grahame-Smith did for Burton on Dark Shadows, currently in production with Johnny Depp heading the cast. While Warner Bros and other studios continue to cut back producing pacts, in KatzSmith the studio gets two partners who while just getting started producing features bring a lot of their own ideas to the table and are established writers and aspiring feature directors.
"We first got to know Seth through his fantastic work on Dark Shadows, and it immediately became a priority to expand our relationship with him," said Warner Bros production president Greg Silverman. "Seth introduced us to David, who greatly impresses us with the vision for KatzSmith from the very first meeting. We firmly believe in their talents and are extremely excited to welcome them to the Warners family." WME made KatzSmith’s deal.
Grahame-Smith will write two scripts as part of the deal, and it’s a distinct possibility that Beetlejuice 2 will be one of them. Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith tell me the model for their company is Bad Robot and Imagine Entertainment, where the principals generate many of the ideas that are turned into films. [...]
[...] spoke to Geena Davis last month (while on the promotional trail for "Accident's Happen" in Australia) who was elated at the very thought of a "Beetlejuice" sequel.
"It's funny, [another journalist] just asked me about a sequel to Beetlejuice - which, though I haven't heard anything about it, might be interesting", Davis told us. "I would do that!".
"Thing is, do ghosts age?", asks Davis. "Wouldn't we be stuck in the age we were? Alec [Baldwin] and I would have to look as we did then - who knows, maybe we could? I better get in touch with Tim Burton".
Yesterday, at the "Toy Story 3" junket, we had the opportunity to corner Michael Keaton and ask him whether he'd be keen to reprise one of his most famous roles for the same film.
"Not sure if you know this but they're going to show Beetlejuice at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery"
MK: Oh Cool
"We were wondering, is there going to be a sequel? I heard Geena Davis is ready to go if it happens"
MK: Oh I'd do that in a heartbeat.
"Would you do it?"
MK: Absolutely, that's the one thing I'd love to do again.
MK: That's the only one I'd love to do [...]
Just received a press release in the inbox from the gang at Warner Australia, indicating what some of the future Warner Premiere direct-to-video sequels may be. The one that’s going to have most doing a jig is the long-awaited "Beetlejuice" follow-up.
According to the release, the second instalment in the series - I’m assuming, since it’s a direct to video release that Michael Keaton won’t be back to reprise his role as The Ghost with the Most - is already on the horizon.
I assume the "Beetlejuice" sequel will work the same as the recently announced "Lost Boys" (1987) sequel - the original director (in this case, Tim Burton) will retain an executive producer credit, but will otherwise be absent from the creative meet-ups. [...]
You won’t be seeing ‘The Ghost with the Most’ back on the big screen, says Tim Burton. Well, at least not with him calling the shots.
Despite rumours that a "Beetlejuice" sequel might be finally in the works (it’s been rumoured for longer than a Bush has been in office), Burton says he has no plans to follow-up his 1988 comedy hit.
"I’m not... but someone probably is, I’m sure", Burton tells IESB.net. "I read lots of things... I think I might have an evil twin out there that’s doing things that I’m not quite sure about."
Star Michael Keaton has reportedly expressed an interest in reprising his role, but stressed that he’d want it to be with Burton.
I believe it was in an issue of Premiere magazine, in the very early 90’s, that I first read about a sequel to Beetlejuice.
"Beetlejuice goes Hawaiian" would apparently be set in the tropics with the undead soaring the waves, dancing the limbo, and controlling the beaches. At the time, it was said to be a go-project.
Actor Glen Shadix, who co-starred in the original film, said on his official site a couple of years back that Keaton and Burton never do things for money - only if it feels right, and unfortunately nothing’s felt right.
"Money would not be the motivating factor with those two. They have both turned down fortunes when scripts didn't suit them. That really is the key. A great script. If a truly wonderful script were to appear, there would be a chance to see another "Beetlejuice" adventure".
Shadix says there were a couple of scripts written for sequels in the 90’s - including the one mentioned above - but nothing ever happened. "Michael McDowall wrote one and Jonathan Gems wrote another called "Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian". Nothing has made the cut as of yet. Tim once said that maybe we'll do another in about ten years. He said that exactly ten years ago."
Ironically, Michael Keaton has been pretty vocal of late about his enthusiasm for the character. "At one point, I had the conversation with Tim, saying, "I love this movie so much; I think there’s one more in there somewhere." he said. "I would consider that, yeah, a lot".
Bei Chron.com gibt es ein Interview mit Michael Keaton...
[...] Keaton says his next film, which he won't name yet, will be "a darkish comedy." He'd also welcome a sequel to Beetlejuice, his first hit with Burton.
"I'd do it with the right people," Keaton said of reprising his unhinged ghost. "It would have to have Tim at least in a supervisory capacity. Heck, I'd settle for just having Tim to hang out. He's 100 percent original, and who else can you say that about?"
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Michael Keaton...
[...] When asked which characters he would like to revisit, Keaton spoke about approaching Beetlejuice sometime in the future.
Keaton said he would do the film, "If 'Beetlejuice' was done right. At one point, I had a conversation with Tim cause I love this movie so much; I'd think there's one more in there somewhere. And we both talked about it and I think there's a script written once years ago that wasn't quite it. I would consider that a lot; I would seriously consider it."
BigFanBoy.com sprach mit Michael Keaton über das Sequel...
MARK: [...] You think you might work with Tim Burton again?
KEATON: Man I sure hope so. He's great. He's just one of those guys that you just wanna be around that stuff. It's true art.
MARK: Have you guys discussed some ideas on possible films?
KEATON: Well the thing I always wanted to remake, or the thing I always wanted to do, and still do... not remake. I wanna do another BEETLEJUICE. I think there's room to do it, cause there's nothing like it, and there never will be anything like it. But you kind of don't want to mess it up, and the only way to do it is with Tim involved. He doesn't want to direct it. So I talked to him and said "Where do you have time in your life to produce it, and let's find a guy to direct it and write it." I don't how he's gonna do that, or how I'm gonna do it. I'd just make the time to do it. But I'd like to do it. He's original and an artist, and you really can't say that about too many people. [...]
Celluloid Shockers sprach mit Glenn Shadix über das Sequel...
CS.com: Rumours are circulating all over the place about Michael Keaton being interested in doing a sequel to 'Beetlejuice'. Have you been spoken to about this proposed project?
GS: Michael is now interested in doing a sequel, with Tim proposing to produce. They're currently looking for a script and YES, I'd love to be involved. We'll see what happens as the script develops, so I'll know.
[11.06.2003] DH meldet...
Radio shock jock Howard Stern apparently indicated he might be getting a role if the project goes ahead.
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Actor/comic Glenn Shadix (Otho in "Beetlejuice") was appearing at a signing at London Expo Collectors Fair this past weekend, and 'Russboy' had a chat with and asked him about the status of the sequel - "He said Michael Keaton definitely wants to be involved as does Tim Burton but only as a Producer, he isn't interested in directing it. There have been a lot of discussions about a sequel but the main thing holding it back is the lack of a script really. Asked if he would like to return to a sequel he said "well I survived at the end of the movie so of course I'd love to come back".
[14.03.2003] DH meldet...
UK Magazine Hot Dog has a piece on the long in development sequel to the Tim Burton classic "Word has [Michael] Keaton has convinced Warner Bros. to make another Beetlejuice movie. Keaton would again play 'The Ghost with the Most' only this time he'll be joined by a fellow ghoul. Early indications suggest Chris Tucker might be appropriate for the part. Just one problem...Keaton can't find anyone to direct the movie. Not even the original director, Tim Burton, wants a slice of this pie".
[16.01.2003] AICN meldet...
Seems that the knuckleheads at Warners are continuing to chain the chimpanzees in suits to desks and have them typing random memos at computers... Really is amazing... In a way, I'm a bit stunned that they even remember BEETLEJUICE and that they believe the audience does to... that sort of cough VINTAGE cough film often escapes their glances! (Does this mean there's hope for that SWORD AND THE SORCEROR Sequel at last with Russell Crowe playing Prince Talon in TALES OF THE ANCIENT EMPIRE?) Heh...
Anyway, you didn't want to hear about my dreams and wishes, but about the reality that faces the ghost with the most. It seems that the producers: Brillstein and Grey are seeking a screenwriter to flesh out the following bit of genius.
"Beetlejuice has been banished into limbo where he meets up with an URBAN version of himself who helps him wreak havoc on an inner-city environment."
An "Urban" version of Beetlejuice... I'm suspecting that's code language. The references to an 'inner-city environment' sounds suspiciously like we're going to see something possibly a bit politically incorrect and insane... which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, if they are going to be choosing an 'urban' version of himself - would that be being played by the likes of Chris Tucker/Eddie Griffin/Chris Rock or John Leguizamo or Eminem? Hmmmm... What do you think they're up to?
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