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“Beetlejuice” sequel has Tim Burton’s approval, wants Michael Keaton to star

“Beetlejuice” sequel has Tim Burton’s approval, wants Michael Keaton to star (photo)

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Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg might be working on the script for his planned “Beetlejuice” sequel at the moment, but they already have their sights on the stars. The original film’s stars, that is. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Grahame-Smith explained that he plans on approaching Michael Keaton to reprise his role in the sequel, he just doesn’t have a script to present him with yet.

“When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we’d do it if we got Tim [Burton‘s] blessing and involvement, and we got that, and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, ‘Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie,'” he said.

Assumedly the sequel won’t head to Hawaii like the originally planned follow-up did. Burton had hired writer Jonathan Gems to write “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian” back in 1990, but it never came to fruition. Both Keaton and Winona Ryder had agreed to star in the movie if Burton was the man behind the camera, but he got distracted by “Batman Returns.”

Kevin Smith had been asked to rewrite the script for the originally planned sequel “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian” back in 1996, but recounts in his stand-up special “An Evening with Kevin Smith” that he was put off by the idea.

“I was like, ‘Didn’t we say all we needed to say with the first “Beetlejuice?” Must we go tropical?'” he said.

Do you think a “Beetlejuice” sequel is necessary, or do you think the first film stands on its own? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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