KatzSmith Productions partners David Katzenberg and author Seth Grahame-Smith (‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’) have signed a two-year first-look feature producing deal at Warner Bros.
One the first projects expected to be included under the deal is a sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 supernatural comedy ‘Beetlejuice,’ which starred Michael Keaton as a “bio-exorcist” who is hired by a couple of recently deceased ghosts to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Deadline reports that the movie will not be a remake, but will serve as reboot, advancing the storyline of the original.
There was talk of a sequel back in the early 90s with a screenplay titled ‘Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.’ The sequel was penned by Burton’s ‘Mars Attacks!’ scribe Jonathan Gems and followed the Deetz family experiencing even more ghostly troubles at a tropical resort.
The two-year producing deal with the studio apparently grew from Grahame-Smith’s screenwriting work on Burton’s big screen adaptation of the 1960s horror TV series ‘Dark Shadows.’