Writer Seth Grahame-Smith, while promoting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies spoke with Monkeys Fighting Robots and gave an update on the Beetlejuice sequel.
“I wrote the script a few years ago, and it’s one of those where everybody’s schedule has to clear up. The truth is, Michael Keaton has expressed publicly that he be willing to come back, and he’s interested in doing it. I know Tim Burton is interesting in coming back and doing it. We have a script. Now it’s just a matter of when everyone’s schedule aligns and whether the movie gods smile on us or not. I’m still hopeful it gets made,” said Grahame-Smith.
If you’re a pessimist, Grahame-Smith’s comment doesn’t sound so good, but it’s a positive sign to hear again that Keaton and Burton are onboard for the project.
Winona Ryder mentioned in August, that she will return to the film as well. Since 1988, Alec Baldwin has become a comedic genius, we asked Grahame-Smith how he could make a sequel to Beetlejuice without Baldwin.
“I would love it if we can find a way for him (Alec Baldwin) to come back. I mean he’s ghost after all. I guess we would have to explain how he and Geena (Davis) aged if they came back, but you know, look, I love the first movie is near and dear to my heart and have seen it probably close to, I don’t, at least in excess of 50 times in my life. Let me put it this way diplomatically, I would love if everyone involved in the first film could come back,” said Grahame-Smith.
In 1988, Beetlejuice made $73 million domestically ranking tenth on the year behind Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big, Twins, Crocodile Dundee II, Die Hard, The Naked Gun, and Cocktail.
The original film starred Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffery Jones, and Winona Ryder.