So, here’s what the new film’s screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has pledged:
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.”
Okay, Grahame-Smith, I’d have accepted a good sequel without Keaton, but now you’ve baited me with his return, I’m going to hold you to it.
Another self-imposed condition the at the writer-producer and his co-producer David Katzenberg set for themselves was securing the involvement of Tim Burton, and they’ve told Entertainment Weekly that he’s definitely onboard – though not in which capacity. I’d be fascinated to see him direct, and go back to the goofy, Tashlin-esque cartoon lunacy of the original. Maybe he could shoot it right after he’s finished with that new Pee Wee Herman film I was praying he’d get involved with.
Yeah. I know. But I’ve been sleeping a lot, what with all of these knock-you-out pills for my arm injury, so I need a lot of silly dreams just to fill up all of that space.
Now. As for locking down Keaton to the Beetlejuice sequel, Grahame-Smith admits:
We’re not there yet because we don’t have a film to present to him.
By which I assume they mean a pitch, because if they meant script they would have said script. Which just goes to show how sketchy the plan is at the moment.