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Don’t Worry, That ‘Beetlejuice’ Remake is Really a Sequel

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There’s been talk of another ‘Beetlejuice‘ film for years now, but the cogs seem to finally be turning (for real this time), with Seth Grahame-Smith (‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter‘ and Tim Burton’s upcoming ‘Dark Shadows‘) on board to script. But for those worried about a reboot, we may have some good news.

Collider spoke with Grahame-Smith at WonderCon and dug up some choice details on the project, which was once referred to by co-writer Dave Katzenberg as a “reboot.” Of the new film, Grahame-Smith said:

“I have a rough idea of what it’s gonna be. However—I should stress this—it’s not a remake, it’s not a reboot, it is a true sequel with Michael Keaton as the title character Beetlejuice. The thing that Tim and Michael and I all agree on, and is most important for me is, I don’t wanna be the guy that destroys the legacy and the memory of the first film; I would rather die.”

Grahame-Smith also confirms the return of Michael Keaton to the role of ghost with the most, and says the sequel will take place 26-27 years after the original, making this once questionable project seem more promising.

Let’s just hope they can forego the obvious fish out of water traps like trying to have Beetlejuice integrate with hip youngsters by blaring Justin Bieber from an eyePhone (get it? Because eyeballs are gross and Beetlejuice likes puns) and doing some sort of Kardashian reality show send-up.

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