March 30th marked the 30th anniversary of Beetlejuice, a widely loved and enjoyed dark comedy that captivated audiences with the help of Tim Burton’s direction and a fantastic cast of hardworking actors and actresses. Hard to believe it’s been that long already. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!
As much as we all know the film and have probably seen it multiple times throughout the years, it’s funny to think that back in the writer’s room there was a little concern about the name of the movie. Larry Wilson, co-writer of Beetlejuice, said in an interview with Yahoo! that the movie almost had a completely different title.
“The title that I remember being suggested, pretty much before the release, was House Ghost,” Wilson explained. I bet it was David Geffen who said no to that, and a big firm no. There were marketing people within Warner Bros. who thought no one would know what ‘Beetlejuice’ was, but they’d know what a house ghost was. Thank God [they went with Beetlejuice]. I would not like to be here talking about House Ghost the movie,” Wilson explained.
Thankfully, they stuck to their guns and released it with the original title intact. After all, it’s a name so nice you’ve got to say it twice!
This celebration wouldn’t be anything without the man behind the ghoul, Michael Keaton. Let’s take another look at this actor.