Tim Burton Even Closer To Directing ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel?

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Update: Variety reports the same news a few hours later. I’ve never in my life heard of Schmoes Know – so take this with a grain of salt – but they claim to be confirming that Tim Burton will direct Beetlejuice 2 for Warner Bros. Pictures.

This isn’t completely fresh news as Burton did express interest in directing back in January, and has always had his name close to that role.

He would also produce the sequel to his 1988 classic that starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a couple of recently deceased ghosts whom contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” – Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) – in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Annie McEnroe and Winona Ryder also starred.

Seth Grahame-Smith has been working on the screenplay and presumably finished. Word is that Keaton would return, and that the film may not carry a sequel moniker, and will instead be released as “Beetlejuice”.

More as it comes in.

  • macguffin54

    I thought most movie people knew about Schmoes Know. But I’ve only known them to report news reported elsewhere and movie reviews. Couldn’t say how accurate they might be on scoops. We can only hope.

  • Brias411

    I hope it’s Beetlejuice 2: Beetlejuice goes Hawaiian.

  • STRIK9

    Good. Too bad its taken 25 years for a new film considering how the original is a classic. I have no doubt about Keaton’s ability to jump into that character again. I just hope tim and his people can make another classic. It would be damn near impossible to pull of that magic again.

  • Polsdofer

    GAY!

    • Brias411

      So tell me, how’s life under that bridge?

  • morrisseylikesburgers

    With Burton’s current track record, I hope this never happens.

  • Darkness69

    While I cannot imagine anyone else directing the sequel, I must say Burton’s recent work (excluding “Frankenweenie”, perhaps) is simply not his best and falls short of capturing the same magic that “Beetlejuice”, “Edward Scissorhands” and other movies from that period have. On the other hand, I’m sure Michael Keaton can pull it off!

  • HOAX_ARTHUR_WILMOTH

    Keaton is the man, he can still do it, even if all the other actors are past their primes.