One of my new obsessions is the T.V. show Face Off on Syfy. If you haven’t heard of it, Face Off is a make-up challenge show where contestants compete to see who can create the best transformation of a model into the creature of the week. It’s incredibly interesting to me because I love watching all the behind the scenes movie magic (I watch the “making of” docs on every DVD). So I’m sure you can imagine my delight when I find that one of my favorite shows announces that next week’s challenge will involve one of my favorite directors. My brain was so excited that I didn’t immediately register what was said in the preview at the end of the episode, but I did recognize the words “Tim” and “Burton”.
I am such a huge Tim Burton fan, loving his unique style of dark humor and weird imagery. I’ve seen every one of his movies and loved nearly all of them. Not everyone shares my passion for the Burton. I’ve heard all kinds of arguments against him, most of them involving the fact that Johnny Depp and Helena Botham Carther are in most of his movies. But nothing can sway my enduring love for the strange and unusual world that Tim Burton creates. One of my favorites of his extensive canon is Beetlejuice. I saw the movie when I was very young, and it was the first movie I ever watched that had a swear word in it (“Nice fucking model!”-Betelegeuse).
It’s a landmark for me (it prompted my first “words that we shouldn’t say” discussion), but it also holds up as a really amazing movie. It features hot Alec Baldwin (as oppossed to the bigger, funnier version that we have today) and Geena Davis as a ghostly couple trying to get rid of the people living in their house. Enter in one of the craziest poltergeists who is trying to make a living in the afterlife, Betelgeuse as played by Michael Keaton. Say his name three times and you’re in for a treat as he fast talks his way into the world of the living. He may soon be appearing in our theaters once again, trying to scare us out of our haunted houses.
Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the popular genre mash-ups Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is currently penning a script for a sequel to the 1988 classic. He may be the perfect man to do it, as a fan of the original and an amazing writer who has made a name for himself in the paranormal. I’m a fan of his stuff, and anxiously awaiting the film adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which is produced by none other than Mr. Burton). He’s made it clear that it is definitely not some sort of re-boot or prequel, which is at least more than some people have confirmed (see my feelings on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus).
Grahame-Smith has also made it clear that he would never consider a sequel without Tim Burton and Micheal Keaton’s blessing. The good news about the project? He’s talked to Keaton about appearing in the movie without a script in hand, and the actor seems to be on board. According to Seth Grahame-Smith via ScreenRant:
I met with Michael Keaton last week. We talked for a couple hours and talked about big picture stuff… [Keaton'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 reverance for Tim and a huge reverance for [the original] 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.
The fact that Micheal Keaton is not only willing but excited to step into the role is a big deal. It gets me excited about what exactly Seth Grahame- Smith has in mind, but how the movie will turn out. With the lead actor and a promise that it won’t be some unnecessary reboot but a genuine sequel 26 years later, there could definitely something great on the way.
But what does Tim Burton say to someone messing with his creation? Will he possibly direct the future sequel? When asked by MTV, Burton responded: “Yes. I love that character and Michael is so great in it. I always think about how great that character was, so I just said to Seth [Grahame-Smith], ‘If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I’ll look at it freshly.’” I don’t know about you guys, but I’m jumping up and down with joy at hearing that Tim Burton might possibly direct Beetlejuice 2. With a great director, an innovative writer, and an awesome actor attatched – how can this sequel go wrong?
What do you guys think? Are you as excited about the sequel as I am or do you think it will be a disaster?