Beetlejuice 2 Has Found Its Writer in Mike Vukadinovich
Posted 2017/10/13 0 0
So finally the movie is moving forward!
According to Deadline, Mike Vukadinovich will rewrite Beetlejuice 2 at Warner Brothers, a project that has been long gestating as a re-pairing of Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. The sequel has been in development for a long while, but no deals have been made yet with Burton or Keaton. However, it sounds like the juices are flowing again and Burton is keen on making this work. For prudence, here’s what Burton said in May 2016 about the status of the sequel:
“This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right—because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”
Beetlejuice was released in 1988 and it was successful at the time, bringing in $73 million worldwide. But it's the movie's legacy as a cult classic that has kept the hopes for a sequel alive for nearly thirty years. Not to mention that, in recent years, Michael Keaton's star power has increased dramatically. Plus, Winona Ryder and Geena Davis have expressed interest in returning for a sequel. So it's understandable that Warner Bros. would feel like now could be the time to strike. But don't get your hopes up just yet.
Vukadinovich’s most recent film work is Rememory, a science-fiction drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was acquired by Lionsgate. Based on his original screenplay, that project stars Peter Dinklage and Julie Ormond. He also wrote Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, based on the Disneyland ride, for Disney with Justin Springer producing and Pete Candeland attached to direct. We see that he also wrote for the upcoming season of Marvel’s Runaways for Hulu, ABC Studios, and Josh Schwartz, and co-wrote the pilot Horrorstory with Josh Schwartz at Fox, and Gail Berman and Charlie Kaufman executive producing.