There was a lot of excitement going on around Hollywood when Tim Burton announced there may be a sequel to his 1988 classic Beetlejuice, but since then we haven’t really heard anything definitive regarding production on the new project. Burton just saw his latest film, Big Eyes, open in theaters during the Holiday season, and he is currently serving as producer for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass, while also getting ready to shoot his next directorial project Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs. Michael Keaton has also been keeping himself pretty busy; he just won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar-nomination for his role in Birdman, and will next be seen in Thomas McCarthy’s upcoming drama Spotlight with Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo about the child molestation scandal in the Catholic Church that was uncovered by the Boston Globe. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, however, seems all ready to go, which seems appropriate considering you need a script before you can film anything, but in a recent interview, the writer reported that everything for the film is ready to go as soon as Burton and Keaton are both finally available. The concern, of course, is that that could end up being a while if Burton is still prepping for Peregine and Keaton’s schedule may not stay open for very long with an Oscar-nod and Golden Globe under his belt. Grahame-Smith also confirmed that Winona Rider would be returning for the sequel as well, which he hopes will begin filming before this year is out, but we’ll see what happens. Stay tuned.
This weekend the Mid West Music Fest is set to take place once again. The festival, which has more than 70+ bands, is here to celebrate 5 years of music and community. The event began in 2010 and has grown to a whole new level since its birth and offers nearly every genre of music. The festival, which is over a three day span, will be happening over the course of this upcoming weekend on thirteen different stages. With featured acts of Lizzo, The 4onthefloor, Charlie Parr, Caroline Smith, and many, many more; expect this weekend to get crazy down in southern MN. The entire event is $60 for a 3-day pass, which also includes musicians’ workshops and a movie screening of Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart.
Back in October it was announced that director Tim Burton would be reuniting with Michael Keaton to make the long-awaited sequel to their 1988 classic Beetlejuice. The project got more fuel when screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was brought in to write the new project, so now the question is, who will be returning to the sequel almost 30 years after the original? Obviously Keaton will reprise the role of the crazed ghoul, but what of the family he was set on tormenting in the original? No news has come out about whether or not Alec Baldwin or Geena Davis will be reprising their roles, but there is the possibility that Winona Ryder, who played Lydia, will be returning for the new project. Though nothing has been confirmed, the star made mention that she has been “sworn to secrecy,” but that she was very interested in reprising the role. Ryder also worked with Burton alongside Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands (1990), but since hasn’t had very many collaborations with the legendary director. Maybe that will change as we wait to hear more news of the new movie. Stay tuned!