Next Up On The Sacrificial Reboot Altar: Beetlejuice

I got a random email from Fandango, the kind I generally delete without reading, but the headline was "Warner Bros to Reboot Beetlejuice?" and so I had to open it. And then I read the article. And then I died a little bit on the inside.

Here's the deal:
Chalk another ‘80s movie up to the reboot/sequel/remake trend. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is set to reboot the 1988 Tim Burton-Michael Keaton comedy Beetlejuice with the intention of advancing the storyline from the original.

The reboot is part of a first-look deal signed by producer/director/writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. As part of the deal, Grahame-Smith will write two scripts for Warner Bros., with the distinct possibility of Beetlejuice 2 being one of them. The duo collaborated on the MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, based on a short film by Katzenberg about a well-endowed high school nerd.

Grahame-Smith also wrote best-selling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and adapted the script for the latter which is being directed byWanted’s Timur Bekmambetov for a June 22, 2012 release.

"We want to make big movies based on big ideas and inspired by the comedies we grew up loving," Grahame-Smith said.
So it'd likely be Beetlejuice 2. One of the commenters on the site had a fun thought: get Wynona Ryder to reprise her role as Lydia but this time being raising a daughter and the daughter gets into hijinks with Beetlejuice. I GUESS I could accept that.

But here's the thing that kills me: Grahame-Smith wants to pay tribute to the films of the '80s that he grew up with, that inspired him to be creative. So, why not tear a page out of that same playbook and DO something new and creative. You can mock the '80s for a lot of things, really, you can. We all remember the clothing and make-up. But films in the '80s? There was a ton of risky, original thinking going on. Do something original kids, that's how you make a lasting impression.

Stepping off my soapbox now.

Will you watch a Beetlejuice 2? Who the hell can replace Michael Keaton in the title role?


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