They’re playing his song.
It’s getting to be like Old Home Week around the set of the Beetlejuice sequel being developed by Warner Bros. Not only is Tim Burton expected to return to the director’s chair–with Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder set to reprise their starring roles–but Danny Elfman seems ready to come back to score the film.
Elfman recently told Deadline, “It’s very exciting to return to that world. It’s perfect, you know. Everybody else has to play the next generation–except for Michael (Keaton). He’s still really fit and active–and, with the Beetlejuice makeup, it’s not going to look like he’s changed at all. I can’t wait for that.”
The sequel to the 1988 horror-comedy–expected to start production by next month–has also signed up Jenna Ortega (Scream, Wednesday) reportedly to play the daughter of Ryder’s Lydia Deetz character.
Mike Vukadinovich is working on the screenplay, drawing on earlier scripts from Sean Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.
The original Beetlejuice–directed by Burton from a screenplay by Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson and Warren Skaaren–follows Adam and Barbara Maitland, a married couple who pass away and decide to haunt their Connecticut house.
When Charles and Delia Deetz–and daughter Lydia–move in, the Maitlands hire a “freelance bio-exorcist” named Beetlejuice to scare away the newcomers.
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