Just a few days ago, the site Schmoes Know reported a rumor that director Tim Burton was looking to direct the sequel to his 1988 comedy Beetlejuice. While the prospect of Tim Burton returning to direct the sequel is exciting, it was a rumor to be suspicious of at the time. Now, according to The Wrap, Tim Burton’s involvement is no longer a rumor as the director is officially in talks to helm the sequel for Warner Bros. and Michael Keaton is in talks to reprise his titular role.
The Geffen Company, which produced the 1988 classic, will produce the sequel with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions. Grahame-Smith, who wrote the Burton-produced adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, wrote the script.
The sequel may be a few years off though. Burton hasn’t chosen his next project yet as he’s putting the final touches on his latest film Big Eyes, a drama that centers on infamous painter Margaret Keane and her legal difficulties with her husband. According to the report, Burton has already lined up an adaptation of the Ransom Rigg’s novel Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children for 20th Century Fox but that may be held off until Burton makes a final decision.
I think it’s great that a Beetlejuice sequel is finally going to be produced after so many years of rumors and speculation. It’ll also be fun to see Keaton reprise his role as the maniacal Beetlejuice and Burton certainly needs to redeem himself after the disastrous Dark Shadows. Make sure to check back for more updates as they come our way. Are you excited?