I’d heard rumors, and today I got sent an article on the prospects of Tim Burton making a Beetlejuice II. Normally these types of remakes and sequels are things that make me want to beat my head over a desk, but in this case I want to throw myself out a window too. Here’s why.
If you haven’t noticed the problem with the last batch of Tim Burton movies perhaps this video parody will help. I don’t think I noticed the problem until Alice in Wonderland, that was the “A-Ha” moment for me. I was weary around Sweeney Todd, but hadn’t quite gotten to the moment of “wtf is wrong with Tim Burton?”
I use to LOVE Tim Burton. Nightmare Before Christmas (his concept and screenplay) is I think one of the most incredible movies in cinematic history. Beetlejuice, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Edward Scissorhands are all great movies any movie maker should be proud of. And Big Fish is one of my favorite movies of all time. I thought it was a spectacular moment in Burton film making by combining a true average character who liked the normal life (Crudup) with the more fantastical tales that Burton is famous for and the compromise in between. I cry a river every time I see it.
But then, after a while, you see a problem…