'Beetlejuice 2': Director Tim Burton a Maybe, Michael Keaton Unsure

Image: 'Beetlejuice 2': Director Tim Burton a Maybe, Michael Keaton Unsure Tim Burton, left, and Michael Keaton.

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 01:42 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Director Tim Burton is contemplating signing on again for "Beetlejuice 2," the sequel to the quirky 1988 hit that starred Michael Keaton, who's up in the air on the sequel.

Burton, known for dark humor work, directed the original "Beetlejuice," which co-starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Winona Ryder, according to IMDb.com.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that the script for "Beetlejuice 2" is being written by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Grahame-Smith wrote the Burton-directed "Dark Shadows" and the Burton-produced "Abraham Lincoln-Vampire Hunter."

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Variety's Justin Kroll reported that Keaton has not officially signed on to "Beetlejuice 2" project yet, but may follow.

"A handful of insiders close to the ('Beetlejuice 2') 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," Kroll wrote.

"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. Burton is currently filming 'Big Eyes' with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams but had not committed to his next project," Kroll added.

The Hollywood Reporter said Burton is also considering Fox's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," set for release July 15, 2014.

The Wrap's Jeff Sneider said "Beetlejuice 2" could prove to be beneficial for both Burton and Keaton, which makes the timing of the talks interesting.

"Not only is Burton looking to redeem himself after his 'Dark Shadows' movie with Johnny Depp underperformed for WB, but Keaton himself is in the midst of a career renaissance, with starring roles in the 'RoboCop' remake and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s comedy 'Birdman,'" Sneider wrote Monday.

"Beetlejuice" raked in $73.7 million domestically during its initial run in 1988, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Keaton will be seen in "RoboCop" on Feb. 7, "Need for Speed" on March 14 and "Birdman" later in the year,per IMDb.com, all in supporting roles. He also played a supporting role in the HBO movie "Clear History" this year with Larry David and "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm.

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