Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Seth Grahame-Smith on Beetlejuice 2, Gremlins, IT, and more

The January 23 issue of Entertainment Weekly has a great feature on writer Seth Grahame-Smith. If the name is not familiar, he's the author of the brilliant mash-ups Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He's just released a sequel to the Lincoln novel titled The Last Vampire Hunter which follows a rebellious vampire from the first book through 1963. (See the book trailer below.)

Grahame-Smith is also producing, screenwriting and even directing a slate of films sure to interest any scary movie lover. Here's a quick recap:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
On the movie front, his film-adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is in post-production and getting a 2015 release. It's produced by Natalie Portman who was originally slated to star as the formidable Elizabeth Bennet.

Beetlejuice 2
Grahame-Smith first worked with Tim Burton on the screenplay for Dark Shadows and has been tapped to write the screenplay for Beetlejuice 2. Michael Keaton is interested and Winona Ryder will be back.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Grahame-Smith will make his film directing debut this remake of the classic Ray Bradbury novel about an evil carnival that arrives at a small town to collect souls. His hope is to retain the feel of the original novel but update the setting to the 80s and capture some of Spielberg-like childhood innocence feeling of movies like E.T. and The Goonies. It shoots this fall if all goes well.

Stephen King's IT
Grahame-Smith is also producing a two-film adaptation of King's masterpiece. The book is set up perfectly for two films with the first part focusing on the group of kids' first encounter with Pennywise, and the second having them face Pennywise as adults. The first part is being directed by Cary Fukunaga who is behind 2014's highly-acclaimed True Detective series.

Gremlins
It sounds like the much-rumoured reboot of this horror classic is gratefully/sadly on hold. It will eventually get remade so it's not a matter of "if" but rather "when" and I'd rather see it produced with loving care by Grahame-Smith.


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