Beetlejuice Sequel 2014: Actor Michael Keaton Says 'Beetlejuice 2' Is In Works?
It has been more than 25 years since the iconic word "Beetlejuice!" was shouted three times. But now it seems that shouting his name did not manage to rid us of the mischievous ghost. After years of speculation and rumors, actor Michael Keaton, who played the eccentric "bio-exorcist," has said that plans for the sequel have moved forward.
Speaking at a press gathering for the newly released Robocop remake, Keaton spoke with MTV about the possibility of a Beetlejuice sequel. They report that Winona Ryder, who starred in the original film, has mentioned the possibility in partaking in a sequel and writer Seth Grahame-Smith has had a script in the works since 2012. So, what has been holding Keaton back?
He says he wants to see Tim Burton, the original film's director involved and has asked him about it. "I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff. 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," he said to MTV.
Though Burton has just finished filming Big Eyes for the Weinstein Co., it is reported that there is nothing else scheduled for him in the near future. There is a chance that he will direct Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of Ransom Riggs's fantastical tale. If not, he could be part of the new Beetlejuice, although without a finished script it is hard to know what the new film would be like. Keaton, on the other hand, seems keen on the possibility of a sequel.
Keaton has always liked Beetlejuice. In 2011, he told The Los Angeles Times, "From an art perspective, I don't know how you get better than 'Beetlejuice.' In terms of originality and a look, it's 100% unique. If you consider the process of taking something from someone's mind -- meaning Tim -- and putting it on the screen, I think that movie is incomparable."
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