"Barb, honey... we're dead. I don't think we have very much to worry about anymore."
Well, not to contradict Adam Maitland from Tim Burton's original film Beetlejuice, but it looks like Warner Bros. is looking to resurrect the dead in a new planned sequel to Beetlejuice!
According to Christopher Rosen at Moviefone, "On Tuesday, [it was reported] that David Katzenberg and 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' writer Seth Grahame-Smith had signed a two-picture deal with Warner Bros., with eyes on making a sequel to 'Beetlejuice' their first project."
SING HALLELUJAH PLEASE!
I have been waiting for this day for at least 10 years.
As a young boy, Beetlejuice was my absolute favorite movie. I adored the story, the characters, the music (prominently featuring Harry Belafonte) and the overall design and shape of the movie.
I must have watched the movie 20-30 times in one month. I'm not exaggerating either. Just ask my mom!
I used to hunt in Comic Book and Antique Stories for the fabled Beetlejuice action figures and Burger King toys. I also had all the VHS Tapes of the cartoon show that were released and I cherished every single part of my Beetlejuice collection.
I was obsessed with Catherine O'Hara as Delia, since she was and will always be one of my favorite, if not favorite, actresses. Who can forget that FATEFUL SCENE at the dinner party where a possessed Delia sambas around the table to Belafonte's Day-O " The Banana-Boat Song"? I used to dance around my living room and, having memorized every motion of the dance, would proceed to samba around the room watching this scene on the rather large television. I'm sure the neighbors got a kick out of that...
Beetlejuice was also the first stepping stone to me wanting to become a professional musician, which I am currently in the process of doing! Here's the story:
I was on vacation in Florida, I think this was in 2003 or 2004 when I was 12 or 13 years old, and we were staying at the Hilton near Disney World. One night, we ate dinner at the outdoor restaurant on the property of the resort, and they just so happened to be doing a karaoke showcase that night.
After much goading by my dad and stepmom, and with a $100 bet to sweeten the pot if I did it, I proceeded on stage and say Day-O "The Banana-Boat Song", because of those fateful nights of me dancing around my living to the song. It had become engrained in my soul. I hardly even needed to look at the teleprompter for the lyrics. I walked up on the make-shift stage, I sang my little heart out, with fevered anticipation and natural charm, and got a giant standing ovation from everyone in the restaurant.
Ever since then, I've had a physiological need for an audience and applause, and shortly afterwards I started piano and voice lessons, and now I'm a music major in college. Who would have thought that a simple farcical comedy like Beetlejuice would have inspired a 12-year-old boy to find his lifelong ambition and future career?
That's why I'm so excited Beetlejuice is going to be given a sequel!
I guess this explains why Warner Bros. decided to deny giving me rights to adapt a few characters from Beetlejuice into a stage play I was writing.
The premise of my since demised play was based on the story arch from Beetlejuice of Delia's horrible statues, and having potential buyers come to her house, from all walks of life, and trying to find ways to tiptoe out of buying her awful statues. But, it was also about her coming to terms with her art, and really believing that she could sculpt, since that was what she loved to do!
But, I sent a letter to Warner Bros. and they denied my request to obtain the rights to use Delia and Charles Deetz as characters in my play. It is a business, and I wasn't too sad. Without those characters, they play seemed to not be worth writing, and I gave up.
But a sequel to Beetlejuice is the next best thing!
I cannot wait to see what characters will be brought back and what story will be crafted.
Will they use characters from the movie that needed more spotlight?
Will they use characters from the cartoon TV show?
Will they still use Harry Belafonte's music as a basic soundtrack for the movie?
Will Tim Burton and Michael Keaton come back?
Only time will tell...