Tim Burton ‘in talks’ to direct ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel starring Michael Keaton

Sequel has a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also co-wrote Burton's 2012 film 'Dark Shadows'

Tim Burton could be set to direct Michael Keaton in a sequel to Beetlejuice, according to a new report.

Burton directed the 1988 original, which starred Keaton as a so-called “bio-exorcist” trying to scare away the new human inhabitants of a haunted house so that a ghost couple, played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, can continue living there. Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and a 17-year-old Winona Ryder co-starred as the human family members.

In January of this year (2013) Burton spoke about the possibility of returning for the planned sequel, which is in the works at Warner Bros, saying: “Those were fun characters, but I’d have to see what the script was like.”

Now TheWrap is reporting that his interest in the sequel is “no mere flirtation” and Burton is “officially in talks” to direct Beetlejuice 2. Keaton is expected to return as the title character.

The sequel has a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also co-wrote the screenplay for Burton’s 2012 film Dark Shadows. Speaking back in May 2012, Grahame Smith said the new Beetlejuice movie would not be a “remake” or “reboot”, but “a true sequel with Michael Keaton as the title character”.