After twenty-five years, Keaton returns to THAT role...

For those of a certain age and those old enough to know better, Beetlejuice is essential viewing.

The anarchic comedy-horror film from goth-master Tim Burton starred Michael Keaton as a demonic entity with a nice line in reverse-exorcism. Summoned by saying his name three-times, he goes on to cause havoc for Lydia (Winona Ryder) and her family when they move into the house of the recently-departed Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin, two spirits that would like Lydia's obnoxious family to be nearly-departed as soon as possible.  However, when things get out of hand it turns out they might have to team-up with Lydia to stop Beetlejuice himself...

The 1988 film became a cult classic and many have been disappointed that the movie never got the expected sequel... until now.

After many rumours and tactile promises from Burton, it's finally been confirmed that Burton, Keaton and Ryder will all be returning for the film which is likely to start shooting later this year.  

However there's very little specific information available at the moment. Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) is still in the process of writing the script, one that will try to measure up to the legacy of the original - no mean feat. Burton will direct and co-produce.

Keaton's made no secret of the fact he loved playing the wild-haired Beetlejuice and with the actor firmly back in the frame after his Oscar nomination for Birdman and Burton remaining a significant director, it seems that the stars have aligned. Burton is currently involved with bringing the big-screen adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children to life and if that is completed and the Beetlejuice script is ready for the film to go into production before the end of 2015, then a late 2016 release is likely on the (tarot) cards...

 

Author: John Mosby
23rd June, 2015
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