Paging Russell Brand…Hollywood is blowing the dust off Beetlejuice…once again ignoring a specific request from The ’80s demanding that its box office blockbusters be left alone.
Warner Bros. has commissioned a remake of Tim Burton’s 1988 comedy, which starred Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Michael Keaton as a mischievous ghost conjured up by a pair of recently-deceased homeowners desperate to frighten away the new tenants. The WB has teamed up with production company KatzSmith, who will pen and produce “Beetlejuice 2, or Beetlejuice Begins, or whatever form the new movie takes will be crafted by them,” Entertainment Weekly scooped on Tuesday.
Insiders with the trade paper are also confident that original Beetlejuice lensman Burton will also have a prominent role in the film’s revival. And of course, details are still emerging, but we wouldn’t be surprised to catch Michael dropping in too, just to spook things up for old time’s sake. Six years ago, Keaton was razzle-dazzled by the idea of reprising his role as the foul-mouthed (and fouler smelling) ghoul, who inspired an animated series in the 1990s.
“That is a movie I would like to do again. I would really like to make another Beetlejuice because it’s totally 100 percent original, with such talented people involved,” the actor said at the time. “Everybody forgets how good that cast was. The trick to do it again is not to over-tech it. There was something great about the basics of how we put things together. They were literally done by people holding things and spinning things like plywood and stuff. It was fun.”