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Tim Burton to Summon Up 'Beetlejuice' Again with Michael Keaton

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Tim Burton hasn't exactly been riding high on an originality streak lately. His last movie that was not a sequel, remake or adaptation of some sort was 2005's "Corpse Bride," and before that it'd been almost 10 years.

Sure, it's hard to argue with the numbers — his "Alice in Wonderland" live-actioner brought in 10 figures — but something really special happens when the wild creativity of Tim Burton meets the kind of new material it is meant to (see also "Ed Wood," "Edward Scissorhands").

One such example was with 1988's "Beetlejuice," the namesake deadite of which comes out to play when accidentally summoned by some oddball new homeowners. And now, since absolutely nothing is sacred in Hollywood and all, Burton and lead actor Michael Keaton are ready to get going on the sequel

Are your eyes rolling yet?

The thing is, this could turn out to be good news ... depending.

See, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith did seem to have an appropriately deferential attitude in his approach to writing the script for "Beetlejuice 2."

He told Collider last year, "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. I would rather just not make it, I'd 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."

Also, the story is supposed to take place in real-time, 20-some-odd years after the original. As Grahame-Smith accurately noted, "for Beetlejuice, time means nothing in the afterlife, but the world outside is a different story." So, that might present a refreshing break from the shaky cam spooks trend we've been dealing with lately.

"Beetlejuice" has become relegated to awesome costume fare (see below) and/or the classic DVDs bargain bin, so it maybe it'll be fun to see what Burton and Keaton do to up the underworld stakes. Like, how are they gonna top that underworld worm monster thing? How?

Similar to Lydia's folks in the first film, we're gonna need to see it to believe it.

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