Michael Keaton says Tim Burton wants to make 'Beetlejuice'

By Holly R. Bogardus,

Rumors have long since circulated that a sequel to the 1988 film Beetlejuice may be in the works. Michael Keaton, who played Beetlejuice, revealed that he’s been talking to director Tim Burton and the next installment may be on the way.

Keaton told MTV, "I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another."

Burton is currently working on post-production for his film Big Eyes. However, he has not made any statement on what his next work will be, which is unusual for the typically busy director.

Original writer Seth Grahame-Smith has been working on the script since at least 2012.

As far as getting Burton, Keaton said, "Now it looks like he is involved, and without giving too much away we've talked to each other, and e-mailed each other, and if he's in, it's going to be hard not to be in."

In November 2013, Winona Ryder, who played Lydia Deetz in the original hinted that she was working on a sequel. "I'm kind of sworn to secrecy," she told The Daily Beast at the time, notes Rolling Stone. "But it sounds like it might be happening."

It is also said that the movie will not be a remake, but a sequel. Ryder is particularly looking forward to playing an older Lydia.

"It's 27 years later," Ryder said. "And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later."

Ryder's comments came after it was reported in October that Burton was in talks to direct.

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 
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