Last night, after a press screening of footage from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I had the opportunity to speak with Lincoln novelist and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith about the long-awaited sequel to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, which he's developing for Warner Brothers. Smith told me and a couple of other journalists that he met with star Michael Keaton last week to discuss the project. After the jump, find out what Smith had to say about that meeting.
"I know it's a priority for Warner Brothers," said Seth Grahame-Smith of the Beetlejuice sequel, "and I know it's a priority for Tim. Right now, I'm writing an animated movie for Tim, based on an idea of mine. Then next I adapt Unholy Night for me and [Heyday Films' David Heyman] to produce. Then the third thing, I'm hoping, is Beetlejuice, in terms of writing schedules."
What's Keaton's excitement level for the project? "Huge. He's wanted to do it for twenty years. And he's been telling everybody who will listen. I went in and just told him, ‘Look, I have a huge amount of reverence for what Tim does and I have a huge reverence for that film in general. I told him, ‘I don't think we should do it if there's any sense that we're gonna shit on the legacy of it.' And he completely agrees. So right now it remains to be seen. I have some story ideas that are coming together. But we're very early in the process."
I asked Grahame-Smith if it's a guarantee that Burton will direct the film should it move happen. "I don't think it's a guarantee," he replied. "However, I hope he will."