Today in ‘You’ve got to be fucking kidding me’:
Warner Bros could be moving ahead on a sequel to Beetlejuice, and get this - it could be written by the assmunch who wrote Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. That would be Seth Graham-Smith, who I consider to be one of the most dangerous forces in pop culture today… and who now has his own production company and a two year first look deal at Warner Bros.
First, why I hate Graham-Smith: Because all he does is take other people’s ideas and inject stupid nonsense into them. He’s basically figured out how to make a living doing thoughtless mash-ups, like Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer. His latest book is going to some asinine spin on the Three Wise Men that probably mashes them up with ninjas or aliens or LOLcats or whatever was hot on the internet the week he spent writing the piece of shit.
What’s doubly troubling is that Graham-Smith’s producing partner, David Katzenberg (yes, the son of Jeffrey, who dates/dated Nicky Hilton), says: “We pride ourselves on coming up with a lot of our own ideas.” Says the guy, as Russ Fischer points out at Slashfilm, partnered with the dude whose whole career is inserting things into properties someone else already created.
Anyway, we’ve established why these guys are horrific hacks, so let’s now move on to point two:
THEY’RE WORKING ON A SEQUEL TO BEETLEJUICE.
This isn’t the first time a Beetlejuice sequel was floated; Tim Burton was attached to one more than a decade ago called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian (just imagine the Tiki kitsch), but that fell apart. Instead the film has remained pretty much on its own, and stands as one of Burton’s best films.
I’m already cringing at the idea of recasting Beetlejuice, already cringing at these guys just aping Burton’s design sense. I’m mostly just cringing. At least these guys come up with their own ideas, right?