How ‘Beetlejuice’ Was Born

The true story of a horror writer and the unsung heroes who helped Tim Burton bring his afterlife classic to life.

While teaching UCLA extension courses, he’d gotten to know Marjorie Lewis, a young development executive at the Geffen Film Company. She loved Wilson’s classes, during which well-known scripts were scrutinized and discussed. “I read everything,” she told me. “And I read faster than anybody.” In early 1985, [Larry] Wilson brought Lewis Beetlejuice and asked her to read it. “I was blown away,” she said. The next day, she dropped the script on the desk of Geffen president Eric Eisner.

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