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Halloween's Ruined, 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Goes Ahead And Tim Burton's Likely To Direct

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | October 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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You know my stance on unnecessary sequels and on reviving something that was made in the era before we relied so heavily on CGI. If you had a chance to see the Burton exhibit a few years ago (or, heck, even if you didn’t), you would know that not only is he a massively creative and talented guy, but that Beetlejuice is his magnum opus. Here, crowded in the walls of the Maitland/Deetz Manor are all the best, most macabre ghouls that filled young Burton’s head.

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And, no the conclusion of the first Beetlejuice doesn’t forbid a sequel. It invites it. But is Burton the man for the job? Over the past few years we’ve seen the Burton creativity erode, flattened by the gloss of CGI, worn down by an over-dependence on Depp and Bonham-Carter. The best thing Burton has done in years was Frankenweenie which a) was an original property, not a sequel, remake or over-done adaptation and b) was based entirely in a computer-generated world so the whole look felt cohesive and lush as opposed to overblown and cartoonish (in the bad way.) That’s right, Alice, you money-making machine, I’m looking at you and your uncanny valley of horrors. But if Burton isn’t the guy to direct a Beetlejuice sequel, who on earth is? Nobody.

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Because they’re going to turn the sandworms from funky claymation wonders into slick glossy computer-generated things. And it will break my heart. Michael Keaton is on board for Beetlejuice 2 and that, at least, is great news. I love Keaton and I’m sad to see how marginalized he’s become. But the rest feels like a slobbering money grab destined to turn something that was once funky, clunky and cool into something slick and soulless. That breaks my heart.

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  • grr arrgh

    I love Beetlejuice so much so I'm right with you on this. Ugh, I don't want to see anything from the new one. It won't work. There's no way. I disagree that Frankenweenie was his last best work. I'd say Sleepy Hollow. It's weird but some how all the pieces function together to make an entertaining movie. I didn't enjoy anything really about Frankenweenie.

  • stella

    Man Alice in Wonderland was such a disappointment. I thought Tim Burton was the perfect choice, but it was just so lifeless.

  • TenaciousJP

    I am so very, very sorry, but Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is his magnum opus. More entertaining, visually stimulating, imaginative, and infinitely more quotable.

    I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

  • Megan

    I'm pretty sure it's my favorite comedy of all time. Danny Elfman's circus-gone-mad soundtrack makes it utter perfection.

  • MarTeaNi

    Everyone take your bets as to who Johnny Depp will play. I'm thinking King of the Sandworms.

  • JJ

    My money's on the witch doctor.

  • MarTeaNi

    It does have that very impressive hat, which Depp seems to favor.

  • Frankenweenie was largely stop motion, not CG. And all the more impressive for it as well.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I'd say Alfonso Cuaron might have been a somewhat-decent choice, but he's not as macabre as Burton is. His Harry Potter movie was wonderfully dry-witted, grimy and naughty, which makes him a valid option. And Beetlejuice always had that generation crossover appeal.

  • ApeDrape

    I miss the days when Tim Burton tried when he was making films.

  • Nobody important

    I love that skeleton face. Sneak peek at Jack Skellington.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Jack Skellington is one of the best characters ever. Pumpkin King of my heart.

  • Julie Chase

    Noooooooooooooooooooo!

    That is all.

  • $78571801

    I concur...noooooooooooooooooo!

  • JJ

    Who on earth is? Probably Henry Selick if he weren't going to direct the film adaptation of A Tale Dark & Grimm.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Is Henry Selick even interested in making non-stop-motion movies anymore? Not that he should be. Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas are terrific films.

  • JJ

    A Tale Dark & Grimm is going to be live-action, so, yes.

  • pissant

    The best thing Burton has done in years was Frankenweenie which a) was an original property, not a sequel, remake or over-done adaptation

    That was a remake of a live-action, short film that he did in the 80s.

  • Robert

    Beat me to it. It was a remake of his earlier work.

  • e jerry powell

    I think we need a different term for when a filmmaker makes a feature-length work from an earlier short, though. Not really a "remake." "Fleshing out" sounds kind of gross, though.

  • crispin

    Regardless, it was still a damn fine film.

  • BWeaves


    Strangely enough, the animated version was a remake AND a sequel AND an over-done adaptation. It was a redaptel.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Is that a genus of adapid?

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