Tim Burton in Talks to Direct BEETLEJUICE 2; Michael Keaton Expected to Return

     October 21, 2013


Beetlejuice 2 is looking like it’s going to become a reality.  The film has been in development for years, and Tim Burton has never taken his eye completely off of it.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith was tasked with penning a new screenplay, but Burton said his involvement was based on the quality of the script.  Now it appears that script is good enough as The Wrap reports that Burton is in talks to direct the further adventures of the mischievous ghoul.

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beetlejuice-movie-imageBurton recently wrapped on the biopic Big Eyes, and there was the possibility he would follow it up with an adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but now that project could be taking a backseat to something else.  While The Wrap says that his next project “definitely won’t be Beetlejuice 2,” the flirtation with the possibility of doing the sequel has gotten serious.  They’re thinking about moving in together.

As for Keaton, he’s been keeping busy lately with roles in HBO’s Clear History, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, the remake of RoboCop, and the adaptation of the video game Need for Speed.  But when it comes to reprising Beetlejuice, Keaton said back in 2010 that “Oh, I’d do that in a heartbeat… Absolutely.  That’s the one thing I’d love to do again.”  He’s busier now than he was three years ago, but The Wrap reports that the actor is expected to return.  That’s terrific because if Beetlejuice 2 is going to happen, nobody other than Keaton should play the role.  They’ll just look silly.


  • Lance

    Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

    Is Winona going to be back? How about Baldwin and Davis?

    • Bomtronathon

      It would be tough to get Alec and Gina back unless they explain why spirits age. Maybe Winona Ryder could be the ghost this time.

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  • Alboone

    Bring it on! Hell yeah!!

  • Alboone

    Bring it on! Hell yeah!!

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  • Jim

    Quality of the script based on who’s opinion, Burton’s? Yeah, we’re doomed. He wouldn’t know a good script that wasn’t recycled from some other tired idea. He gives nearly zilch about story or character, just being kooky. zzzzzzzzZZZZ

    • 4 Real

      Quit player hatin

    • Strong Enough

      Ed Wood, Edward scissorhands corpse bride, demon barber and etc. he knows a good story

  • Shmojo

    With Seth Grahame-Smith involved, run. Run fast and run far.

  • SomeGuy

    Day-O! This would be cool, if it’s done right (obviously). Though, Michael Keaton is the first step to doing this right.

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  • name

    Just when you taught Tim Burton couldn’t sink any lower, he does something like this…and totally redeems himself

  • God’s Diamond

    Lydia deetz ftw!!!!!!!

  • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

    It better have some harry belafonte !

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