While providing Entertainment Weekly with updates of his many, many movie projects — from Something Wicked This Way Comes to It to Beetlejuice — screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith reveals the planned reboot of Gremlins has stalled, at least for the moment.
“I think we just ran out of steam,” he said. “It’s one of those things where everybody got busy doing other things. It’s something I would love to come back to, but right now Steven’s [Spielberg] making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy. We’re all taking a five-minute break on that.”
The writer had better news for fans looking forward to Beetlejuice 2 with director Tim Burton. “[Burton] was doing press for Big Eyes right before the holiday, and was getting the Beetlejuice question, and sort of tipped people off that Winona [Ryder] would be back. Which yes, she will be back,” Grahame-Smith said.
“I think we landed on the right idea, landed on the right approach,” he said of the script. “It’s just now making sure that — for me — I don’t want to shit my pants in front of the entire world making a sequel to one of my favorite movies.”
Grahame-Smith added that he’s exchanged emails with Michael Keaton, who’s “excited about the idea.” Burton is working on an adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children next, but the hope is to film the Beetlejuice sequel at the end of this year.
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