‘Beetlejuice’ writer promises ‘true sequel’

Seth Grahame-Smith would 'rather die' than sully the legacy of the original

Seth Grahame-Smith has vowed not to ‘reboot’ Beetlejuice with his forthcoming movie.

The writer is planning a sequel to Tim Burton‘s 1988 comedy starring Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, and Keaton has been tipped to return as the poltergeist.

Grahame-Smith has now revealed that he will begin writing the script later this year, with events taking place 26 years after the first movie. But he maintained that he is being mindful of respecting the source material.

He told The Wrap:

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.

I don’t wanna be the guy that destroys the legacy and the memory of the first film. I would rather die. I would rather just not make it, it’s rather just throw the whole thing away than make something that pays no respect and doesn’t live up even close to the legacy of the first film.”

Tim Burton is on board the project as producer, but it is not clear whether he plans to return as director. Burton’s next movie Dark Shadows, another collaboration with Johnny Depp, is released later this spring. You can watch the trailer below.