It has been 30 years to the date since Beetlejuice deceived his way into our hearts through ghoulish antics and cartoon debauchery. In an unexpected twist, the “Ghost with the Most” is taking to the stage with a musical adaptation.
According to the theatrical division of Warner Bros. the project has been in development for eight years. However, it will finally grace us with its gothic presence at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. in October with the hopes of moving production to Broadway. Beetlejuice the Musical is being directed by Alex Timbers, who is currently working on the musical adaptation of Moulin Rouge, he plans to bring Burton’s “handcrafted aesthetic and outrageous, edgy humor” into the play.
Timbers describes his vision of the adaptation:
“One of the things we’re focusing on is the emotional story of the character of Lydia, who has an interesting inverted arc — she’s a living girl obsessed with death, and Betelgeuse is a dead figure obsessed with life,” Mr. Timbers said. “The film is a family drama, with the two Deetzes and the two Maitlands and Lydia and Betelgeuse all in one house, and we’re also seizing on the house as a character, because it’s inherently emotional and theatrical and fun.”
The aforementioned “Bio-Exorcist” has been discussed through the years in terms of a possible sequel to the original film.
The 1988 film was met with critical and commercial success upon its release even going on to win the Academy Award for Best Makeup as well as three Saturn Awards.
Tim Burton’s unique vision, paired with Michael Keaton’s iconic performance, left many fans longing for a sequel.
Shortly after its release, Tim Burton began plans for a sequel titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian during his production of the animated series.
But the project didn’t get off the ground until 2011. Warner Bros. hired Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to write the script, but unfortunately, the project never came to fruition. In 2017 Mike Vukadinovich was hired to produce a new script, you might recognize his name from the film Rememory in which he was the screenwriter.
As of late, Burton and Keaton have expressed interest in a follow-up, but both are currently tied up with Disney’s live-action rendition of Dumbo.