Two-and-a-half decades after Michael Keaton played the ghostly gross-out title character in Beetlejuice, the actor is said to be considering a reprisal of the role – and he’s not the only alumni eyeing Warner Bros.’ proposed sequel. Tim Burton, the director behind the original 1988 movie, is reportedly mulling over his own return.
Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (who was behind the script for Burton’s 2012 critical flop Dark Shadows) sparked a series of Beetlejuice 2-related rumours when he tweeted: “Big news today. Very exciting, and very daunting. Lots of work ahead.” While he didn’t make mention of Burton or Keaton (or even poor, unloved Lydia Deetz), the tweet, combined with Grahame-Smith’s close connection to the director (Burton produced his script for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, too) has led to speculation that another collaboration is on the horizon.
Variety spoke with several sources who claim that both Burton and Keaton are currently negotiating their respective returns. Keaton is said to have been contemplating the project for some time, but as for the sequel-averse Burton, news of his interest in a second go at Beetlejuice is quite fresh.
If the director does decide to sign on, however, it could be a bit of wait before the sequel begins filming – Burton is in post-production mode on Big Eyes right now – his Amy Adams-starring movie about painter Margaret Keane (whose work was actually featured in Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas). And next up for him could be an adaptation of author Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.