After 29 years, a tangible sequel to Beetlejuice is finally in sight: It has just been announced that Mike Vukadinovich (Rememory) will be rewriting the Beetlejuice 2 script for Warner Brothers. This project has been on and off since the first Beetlejuice became a huge success in 1988.
Although not much has been said on where Vukadinovich will be taking the script, the earliest proposed sequel was Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian–a kind of surfer movie with Beetlejuice becoming the big kahuna using some supernatural shortcuts.
Kevin Smith was approached for script rewrites in 1997, who refused, saying, “Didn’t we say all we need to say in the first Beetlejuice? Must we go tropical?” In 2011, more rumours flew when Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to write and produce the sequel. Apparently, Grahame-Smith will be sticking around to produce Vukadinovich’s script.
An antsy and dedicated fan, Fred China, even started an Indiegogo campaign for a documentary on the making of for the original Beetlejuice. The Documentary For the Recently Deceased campaign ended up with 114% funding, and is due out in 2018. Hopefully it won’t have to tide fans over for very long!