Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! It has been confirmed that Mike Vukadinovich will rewrite ‘Beetlejuice 2’ for Warner Brothers.
The project, a re-pairing of dream team Tim Burton and Michael Keaton, has been a long time coming. While neither Burton nor Keaton have reached a deal with the studio yet, the two have been excited at the thought of collaborating on a sequel. They are both currently working with Disney on the live action ‘Dumbo’ film. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions would produce the sequel to ‘Beetlejuice.’
The original film was directed by Burton in 1988 and became an instant cult classic. In fact, the film was recently re-released and is playing in two theaters in Los Angeles right now. Released by Warner Bros., the whimsical dark comedy starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as ghosts who haunt their old home. When a little girl (Winona Ryder) accidentally unleashes a mischievous ghost (Keaton), the ghosts try to drive the homeowners (Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones) out of the house.
Vukadinovich’s most recent project is a film titled ‘Rememory,’ a science-fiction drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was picked up by Lionsgate. Based on his original screenplay, that project stars Peter Dinklage and Julie Ormond. He also wrote ‘Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,’ based on the ride in Disney parks, with Justin Springer producing and Pete Candeland attached to direct. Being really busy and important, he also wrote for the upcoming season of Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ for Hulu, ABC Studios, and Josh Schwartz, and co-wrote the pilot ‘Horrorstory’ with Josh Schwartz at Fox, and Gail Berman and Charlie Kaufman executive producing. No sleep til Brooklyn, am I right?
While no further details for ‘Beetlejuice 2’ have been released, you can always get into the Halloween spirit by watching the original!