Now that Seth Grahame-Smith is putting the finishing touches on his Dead-United-States-President-fighting-vampires masterpiece, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he has time to think about his future projects. The most important of those being Beetlejuice 2.
Though he hasn’t written the script yet, he has spoken with Michael Keaton (which essentially equals a go picture in Hollywood… twenty years ago). Believe it or not, Keaton is really excited for the project.
“I met with Michael last week,” says Seth, “and his excitement level is huge. We talked for a couple of hours about big-picture stuff. He’s been wanting to do it for twenty years and he’ll talk to anybody about it who will listen!”
Translation: Seriously. He has my home number. I’m scared.
Though we won’t get the famously scrapped sequel, Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, we shouldn’t worry about the level of quality you expect from a Michael Keaton picture diminishing.
“It’s a priority for Warners and it’s a priority for Tim.” But he’s keen to emphasise that he doesn’t want to taint the first movie. “I have a huge reverence for Tim and a huge reverence for that film in general,” he promises. “I don’t think we should do it if we shit on the legacy. Michael agrees. So, right now, it remains to be seen. I have a couple of story ideas, but we’re very early out.”
Thank goodness. We don’t need a repeat of White Noise 2. (Shock Til You Drop)