Tim Burton Is In Talks to Direct a 'Beetlejuice' Sequel

Monday, 21 October 2013 17:50 Written by  iamrogue
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Tim Burton Is In Talks to Direct a 'Beetlejuice' Sequel

Two-and-a-half decades after introducing Beetlejuice to the world, Tim Burton is apparently just about ready to once again turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.

That's right, Burton is reportedly in talks to take on Beetlejuice 2, with Michael Keaton expected to reprise his role as the self-proclaimed ghost with the most.

Burton's sophomore directorial feature, Beetlejuice followed his success on Pee-wee's Big Adventure, grossing $73.7 million domestically against a production budget in the neighborhood of $15 million.  What's more, the comedy had a huge impact, spawning an animated television series and staying strong in the popular cultural even now.

And Burton, of course, has gone on to become a big name director, helming billion dollar movies like Alice in Wonderland and growing increasingly reliant on his signature style.  After delivering both Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie last year, Burton recently wrapped production on Big Eyes, which stars Amy Adams as the painter Margaret Keane.

According to The Wrap, the director is currently in talks with Warner Bros. to oversee a Beetlejuice sequel produced again by the Geffen Company.

The studio has tasked many a writer with taking a crack at another Beetlejuice over the years, famously pursuing Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian for quite some time.  In 2001, Warner Bros. made a deal with Seth Grahame-Smith and his producing partner David Katzenberg, a deal that included Smith writing another Beetlejuice, which their KatzSmith Productions would produce, too.

It seems that Grahame-Smith's script has been met with approval.  The novelist behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Grahame-Smith wrote Dark Shadows for Burton.  As a barometer of the duo's ability to create a supernatural comedy based on a familiar property, the result was not encouraging.

While Burton is in talks, Beetlejuice 2 won't be his next feature after Big Eyes.  It was thought that he would segue from that film into Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs.  But that's not so sure anymore.

So Beetlejuice 2 might just happen with Tim Burton behind the camera and Michael Keaton back in a striped suit and ghoulish makeup.  Keaton's been pretty busy lately, but he has, in the past, voiced his willingness to return to the character.  Betelgeuse himself was more of a supporting character in his own movie, but we're just guessing that Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis won't be back.  Fingers crossed that Winona Ryder shows up as Lydia.

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