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Tim Burton Actually In Legitimate Talks To Direct Michael Keaton in ‘Beetlejuice 2′

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 21, 2013 6:19 PM
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In the 28 years that Tim Burton has been making feature-length films he’s made a sequel only once: “Batman Returns,” the 1992 sequel to “Batman” in 1989. Of course there is “Frankenweenie,” but that’s a feature-length remake/expansion Burton's 1984 short film of the same name. And while the Halloween-friendly filmmaker has managed to avoid sequels for two decades since, he’s about to jump into that fray once more with a sequel to 1988’s “Beetlejuice.”

That 'Gremlins' Reboot Is Still Happening & The Guy Behind 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Is Producing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 11:38 AM
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You might have forgotten or blocked it from your memory, but earlier this year news surfaced that Warner Bros. was in negotiations with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment to reboot "Gremlins." Why? Just because and probably because it's a property that people know and has yet to be scorched and fully exploited for all its franchise potential. Rumors of a "Gremlins 3" had been floating for years and Joe Dante shot them down, but at any rate, it looks like they're just gonna go down the do-over route, though the name they've enlisted to help produce doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Writer Seth Grahame-Smith Polishing 'Fantastic Four'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 27, 2013 9:39 AM
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Following the success of their relaunch of the mutant franchise with 2011’s “X-Men: First Class,” 20th Century Fox decided last year to reboot the critically maligned “Fantastic Four” series with “Chronicle” director Josh Trank at the helm. With a Spring 2015 release date already scheduled and no shooting start date set, the studio has hired a writer to give the script a good once-over.

Tim Burton & Timur Bekmambetov Talk The "Superhero Origin Story" Of 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & Why They Went 3D

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 20, 2012 3:19 PM
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When Seth Grahame-Smith began to write the “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” he didn’t let the epiphany of a wacky title affect his dead-serious alternate universe story -- our 16th President, leader of the people by day, and slayer of the undead at night. Though he couldn’t have expected that the premise to catch the fancy of A-List filmmaker Tim Burton, who heard the title and experienced a brief flashback.

Adult Swim Order 'Harold & Kumar' Animated Pilot, Plus Projects From Dan Harmon & Seth Grahame-Smith

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 16, 2012 1:30 PM
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As part of the annual dog-and-pony show that is network up-fronts, where new series are trotted out before advertisers and press, Cartoon Network has revealed (via Hollywood Reporter) that they have ordered eight new pilots for its after hours Adult Swim programming block, and among them are a new series from "Community" creator Dan Harmon, an animated series based on the 'Harold & Kumar' franchise, and a project produced by "Dark Shadows"/"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" writer Seth Grahame-Smith.

Reacting To 'Twilight,' Potential Sequels & More From The Press Tour For Tim Burton & Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2012 2:07 PM
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Whether you end up loving it or hating it (as our reviewer did), one has to admit that there are few films like "Dark Shadows" in theaters this summer. Based on the popular 1960s/1970s ABC soap that included vampires, werewolves and witches, the film is a curious blend of comedy, drama and horror that's indelibly a Tim Burton creation.

Review: 'Dark Shadows' Is Another Lazy, Incoherent Disappointment From Tim Burton

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • May 8, 2012 5:59 PM
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“Dark Shadows” is not the worst movie that Tim Burton has ever made, but that’s only because there’s nothing worse than “Alice in Wonderland.” A desperate jumble of ideas in search of deeper substance, much less focus, Burton’s latest collaboration with actor Johnny Depp is the latest, and perhaps greatest, proof that yet exists for a director, Burton’s a hell of a production designer. Given the film’s incredible lack of cohesion – or follow-through – the film feels like the resigned end result of a studio’s best efforts to whittle an unwieldly mess into something manageable, but far too many of its shortcomings remain exposed for it to play as anything other than a showcase for the star and filmmaker’s laziness, hubris, or both.

Seth Grahame-Smith Writing Stop-Motion Animated 'Night Of The Living' For Tim Burton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2012 6:43 PM
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Look out Johnny Depp, Tim Burton has a new bromance brewing. Screenwriter and author Seth Grahame-Smith has made a big splash in Hollywood, starting with "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" the smash hit book that soon found studios calling, and while the movie is stuck in development hell, he's moved on to bigger things and found a pal in Burton. SGS has penned the screenplay for upcoming "Dark Shadows," Burton produced the SGS-penned "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and writer is also working on the "Beetlejuice" sequel for the director. And now, there's one more gig being thrown into the mix.

Could 'The Scorpio Races' Be The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games'? Warner Bros. Developing

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 1, 2011 1:35 AM
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Let's face it, Summit Entertainment continues to make films because of the insane profits from the "Twilight" franchise. The three films already released from the franchise have grossed a combined $1.8 billion worldwide from theatrical releases alone, and that doesn't include DVD and all the film licensing the company also has a meaty stake in. The success of the series showed a massive untapped potential in teenagers and the young adult audience (that wasn't the "Harry Potter" crowd) and studios took notice immediately. While, in the three years that have passed (the first film was released in 2008), not one studio has released a viable competitor or contender to usurp the "Twilight" throne, but it's not for a lack of trying.

'Beetlejuice' Sequel Writer Says It Will Be "A True Continuation" & Star "Has To Be" Michael Keaton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 3:20 AM
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When it was first announced that a "Beetlejuice" sequel was in the works last month there was concern. Not only is Tim Burton's 1988 film an unassailable classic (of sorts) there is only one person to play the role and his name is Michael Keaton. But with vague word that the movie would be “advancing the storyline of the original” we worried about the direction this thing was going in and whether or not some ambitious young actor would try and take over the lead. But rest assured fans, as writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are promising that if everything goes according to plan this will be a real deal sequel that will see Keaton himself reprise one of his most beloved characters.

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