How would you like a girl detective story set 20 years after the ending of Edward Scissorhands?
That’s the pitch for the new comic on the way in October from IDW, from writer Kate Leth (Adventure Time) and artist Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion). Locke and Key artist Gabriel Hernandez will be supplying covers.
The book will be set two decades after the post-script for Tim Burton’s film, where an aged version of Winona Ryder’s character, Kim, tells her granddaughter Meg the end of Edward’s story. Now all grown up with the legend of Edward Scissorhands in her head, Meg starts poking at some of the strange goings-on in her small town and begins to chase after the mystery of the boy with the scissors for hands, according to the announcement from IDW.
I’m searching my memory, but I think this would mark only the second true sequel to an original Tim Burton story, following the old Beetlejuice cartoon which mostly remixed and removed elements from the far darker film that preceded it. Of course, Burton and star Michael Keaton have been threatening a direct film sequel for years, with Keaton revealing earlier this year that a script for the movie was even making the rounds.
Burton directed Edward Scissorhands in the middle of a wildly inventive streak which included his breakout film, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman ’89, and of course, the story of the ghost with the most, Beetlejuice.
It’s kind of weird thinking of the beautiful and strange fairy tale that was Edward Scissorhands coming back to life. Leth is a wildy talented writer, so here’s hoping she can catch the perfect blend of melancholy and whimsy at the heart of the movie in her comic.