I never thought I would see the day where we would have a sequel to one of my favorite movies from childhood, Beetlejuice! I was convinced that if we were ever to see a new Beetlejuice movie on the big screen that it would be in the form of a remake and Tim Burton would not be involved. Thankfully I was completely wrong and not only will we get a sequel but Tim Burton is taking the reigns once again.
Say it once, say it twice, third times a charm! Three key pieces of the original that will make the sequel successful:
1. This piece may be the most important and thankfully its looking VERY good.....The Cast! This was one of the main ingredients as to why the original worked so well. So far we know that Winona Ryder is on board to reprise her role as Lydia and Michael Keaton is back on board as the ghost with the most. Now, it is important to introduce new characters but I would LOVE to see some of the original cast return too...like Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara and Alice Baldwin....So basically almost the entire original cast. How could we not want that?
2. A strong script and storyline. Beetlejuice has so many awesome one-liners in the original movie that this humor would have to carry through to the sequel. Dark humor is the core of the movie and a sequel couldn't survive without it. And what are we going to see in terms of developing the story? I'm envisioning Lydia having her own family now and for some reason needing to summon Beetlejuice for help. OR Lydia has her own family and Beetlejuice summons himself because he still loves her.
Anyway, we need conversations like this:
Adam: What are your qualifications?
Beetlejuice: Ah. Well... I attended Juilliard... I'm a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I've seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT... NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU'RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY... NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I'm qualified?
3. I don't think we can have this movie without CGI, but I really am hoping that the new movie is mostly practical effects. Tim Burton movies are so well done with makeup and stop motion, it would be a shame to see that creativity go out the window.
What do you want to see in the sequel? What made the original memorable to you?