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'BeetleJuice 2': Tim Burton Mulls a Sequel to the 1988 Hit

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 01:53 PM

Director Tim Burton is contemplating making "Beetlejuice 2," a sequel to the quirky 1988 hit that starred Michael Keaton.

Burton, known for works of dark humor, directed the original "Beetlejuice," which co-starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder.

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The Hollywood Reporter said Monday 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." 

Variety reported Monday that Keaton, who has not officially signed on to the project yet, may be involved. 

"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," Variety reported.

"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," Variety added.

Burton is also considering directing Fox's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," which is set for release July 15, 2014.

The Wrap pointed out "Beetlejuice 2" could benefit both Burton and Keaton.

"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,'" The Wrap reported. 

"Beetlejuice" raked in $73.7 million domestically during its initial run in 1988.

Keaton can be seen in "RoboCop" on Feb. 7, "Need for Speed" on March 14, and "Birdman" later in the year, all of which are 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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