‘Beetlejuice 2’: Tim Burton, Michael Keaton Eye Return to Franchise

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Burton would direct and Keaton would reprise title role in Warner Bros. sequel

It’s been a long time coming, but Tim Burton and Michael Keaton may be ready to return to the “Beetlejuice” franchise.

Sources have told Variety that Burton is in talks to return as director, with Keaton also in talks to reprise his role as everyone’s favorite ghoul.

Seth Grahame Smith penned the script and will produce with his partner David Katzenberg through their KatzSmith Productions. Grahame-Smith recently tweeted that he had big news coming, which started stirring speculation as to what it could be.

A handful of insiders close to the project had said Keaton had been interested in returning to the role after Warner Bros. announced plans to go forward with the sequel, but the Burton news is sure to raise eyebrows.

Burton is not big on sequels (his last one was 1992’s “Batman Returns”), so when this film was first announced, most didn’t expect him to return as helmer. Burton is currently filming “Big Eyes” with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams but had not committed to his next project.

Plus, Burton has a good relationship with Grahame-Smith from when the former came on as a producer to the latter’s adaptation of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which may have opened the door to Burton returning as a director.

The WME-repped Burton is also eyeing his Fox project “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” with one source saying it could possibly go before “Beetlejuice 2.” Keaton is repped by ICM Partners.

The duo also collaborated on last year’s “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp.

Schmoes Know first reported the news.

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  1. Skippy says:

    The big question is whether Moonbat Baldwin can take time off from assaulting paparazzi.

  2. Frank Drebin says:

    JSinMN, they probably refer the animated TV series when saying “franchise” about “Beetlejuice”….

  3. Naomi says:

    I think that would be awesome to have beetle juice two I thought the first one was so well done and funny ! I’d love to be part of it hope I see the casting notice !!!

  4. JSinMN says:

    Beetlejuice was never a franchise! It was a very good movie. Why go and muck it up with a contrived sequel? Go write something new for Keaton!

  5. Looking forward to both the new Beetlejuice!! and of course BIG EYES- cause my a lot of my paintings are in it! Great to be a part of this new film. Tim Burton is such a genius!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I would sooooo love for beetlejuice 2. Amazingly me and my family still watch the original and believe it or not the most recent was yesterday lol. Please bring beetle juice 2! BeetleJuice, BeetleJuice, BeetleJuice. Lol

  7. jsm1963 says:

    I miss seeing Keaton do comedy.

  8. Halloween needs Beetlejuice. There is no Santa Claus for this Halloween. Perfect franchise to build the month long celebration… Plus Beetlejuice is FUNNY. Keaton is always funny with that character.

  9. Geraldo Heraldo Alano-Marco says:

    What’s next Eduardo Scissorhands 2 for the MexCali audience? Tim Burton needs to collaborate with Robert “Manlove” Rodriguez, and do a “Mexican Day of the Dead Film” with Bruja’s and all sorts of weird perverted things!

  10. What ever happened to “Beetlejuice In Love” and Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian” the two scripts that had previously been floated around as sequels? I got my hands on them and read them many years back, and they were both hilarious. Wonder if either will make it to concept?

  11. nonyabizz says:

    I dunno… the first was so good.. hate to ruin it…

  12. Mel Smith says:

    B-1 featured one of the most memorable and creative cinema characters of all time. There is something to be said about the Beetlejuice attitude that best serves us as THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE…or THE
    WHITE HOUSE. Keaton hasn’t done enough films to suit me. mel smith

  13. Liam Scanlan says:

    I think this may be a big tentpole, given that the first “Beetlejuice” was very well-received and is now one of Tim Burton’s most iconic films. EVER.

  14. Just Confused says:

    Glad to hear KEATON may be returning to the silver screen. He can be a lot of fun and his “BEETLEJUICE” was a……………s c r e a m. ‘0’

  15. Ezzy Klein says:

    Exciting news indeed.

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