Well, I can honestly say this is one sequel I did not think we’d ever get to see, but I guess you just can’t keep a dead man down. After Tim Burton tried (and failed) to get a Beetlejuice sequel off the ground throughout the ’90s, Warner Brothers suddenly took the project back off the shelf a couple of years ago when they hired Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) to write a new script. At the time, details were a bit sketchy and neither Tim Burton nor Michael Keaton appeared to be involved, although Grahame-Smith did work with Burton on both Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now reports are coming in that Tim Burton is very interested in directing Beetlejuice 2 after all and Michael Keaton is already attached to star as well.
According to The Wrap, Tim Burton is officially in talks to direct a Beetlejuice sequel for Warner Brothers with Michael Keaton expected to reprise his role as “the ghost with the most.” The Geffen Company will produce the movie along with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. As previously mentioned, Grahame-Smith also wrote the script which was previously described as a reboot that simultaneously advances the storyline of the original.
Although it sounds like this is close to being a done deal, it’s still unclear where this would fit into Burton’s schedule. He just wrapped Big Eyes, a biopic about painter Margaret Keane starring Amy Adams, and was supposed to be moving on to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but that may no longer be the case. Either way, he’s coming off a couple of box office disappointments with Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, which may explain why he’s eager to return to something that would be a guaranteed hit. Are you looking forward to a Beetlejuice sequel?