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Twenty-three years since he last scared (okay, maybe not so much scared as freaked out) the living on the big screen, professional undead badass Beetlejuice is poised for a comeback in — get this — not a remake, but rather a straight-up sequel. Yup, you heard that right. Not one of those remakes or reboots or prequels that are all the rage nowadays, but an honest to goodness sequel to the 1988 movie starring Michael Keaton as the titular ghoul. The original was directed by Tim Burton.
Warner Bros. is the studio behind the sequel news, having handed over the project to burgeoning media moguls David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (he of the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” fame) to develop a sequel to the Burton movie for them. The sequel will be the duo’s first project for the studio as part of their newly minted “first look” deal.
The original, which Burton shot with Keaton before they hopped over to Gotham City on “Batman” (the caped crusader came out a year later), was a hit and even spawn a cartoon show. It co-starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a married couple who dies in an accident, then “contracts” Beetlejuice to haunt their home’s new residents out of their house. The film also starred a young Winona Ryder as a Goth teenager who takes a liking to her new home’s former undead owners and vice versa.
Here’s a trailer for the original in case you never saw it, or don’t remember: