Growing up my sister and I had a VHS with both Beetlejuice and Short Circuit 2 on it. We watched the shit out of that tape, and for that reason, I was excited when I heard that Short Circuit was getting some new life breathed into the franchise. I got nostalgic and intrigued, but now, news of a possible Bettlejuice sequel moving forward dwarfs that. Beetlejuice was for sure one of my favorite movies as a kid.
It also spawned a cartoon I actually enjoyed too. Even if it didn’t make any sense…
If you’ve not seen Beetlejuice because you’re either too young or an idiot, let me fill you in. It stars one of the most underrated actors of all-time – Pre-Batman Michael Keaton. He plays a poltergeist for hire who haunts houses for other ghosts. The newly deceased couple that hires him to rid their home of the pesky living who moved in are played by
Jack Donaghy Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis.
The family they are trying to push out, the Deetz family, is portrayed by Jeffrey Jones, as his wife Catherine O’Hara, and their daughter, the one who can see the ghosts, is the lovely Winona Ryder.
It’s been 23 years since the first movie came out, and there have been plenty of rumors about a sequel since then. The most recent come from Worst Previews:
We’ve been hearing about a “Beetlejuice” sequel for years. Even Michael Keaton and Geena Davis have been looking for ways to get the second installment off the ground.
Now comes word that David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have just signed a two-year first-look producing deal at Warner Bros and one of their first projects is expected to be a sequel to “Beetlejuice.” The new film will not be a remake. The intent is to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original.
“We first got to know Seth through his fantastic work on ‘Dark Shadows,'” said the studio. “And it immediately became a priority to expand our relationship with him. Seth introduced us to David. We firmly believe in their talents and are extremely excited to welcome them to the Warners family.”
Both Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg were attached as co-directors for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” before Craig Gillespie got the job.