<i>Beetlejuice</i> Sequel Writer Insists Star 'Has to Be' Michael Keaton

It should come as no surprise that the author of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith, and his writing partner David Katzenberg are fans of mixing genres. Known collectively as Katzsmith Productions, the dynamic duo talked to Entertainment Weekly about a slew of new projects as well as their involvement in the Beetlejuice sequel, which Katzenberg made sure to note will not be a remake.

Grahame-Smith further clarified: "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.' We’re not there yet [with Keaton] because we don’t have a film to present to him."

Additionally, Katzsmith Productions is also working on an adaptation of Doug Dorst's Alive in Necropolis. The supernatural mystery is set in real-world locale Colma, California, a town that's essentially a century-old graveyard. Also on the slate is a project called Night of the Living, which features a world of monsters being invaded by normal people and flips the script on most horror stories.

The pair has plenty of other projects in the works, but a TV series written and produced by Flint Wainess called Extra Curricular sounds the most appealing, especially as described by Grahame-Smith: "A group of kids gets detention on the same day. They have absolutely nothing to do with each other. It’s the goth, it’s the jock, it’s the this, it’s the that … They’re in a chem lab for detention, and, in a very comic book, origin-story kind of way, something goes wrong in the lab and they all get different super powers. All the sudden this group of total non-friends has to become a poor man’s X-Men, figure out what their powers are, and fight a growing crime menace we reveal in a Buffy-type way."

Buffy meets X-Men on TV? That's something we can get behind!

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