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.