Tim Burton still keen on ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel

The director of the 1988 horror comedy says he "would love to revisit that character at some point"

Director Tim Burton has admitted that he is keen to work on a new Beetlejuice movie – but is waiting to see a script before he commits.

Last month screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith revealed that he was penning a sequel to the 1988 comedy, which starred Michael Keaton as a ghost who scares away humans for other ghosts.

Grahame-Smith – who also wrote the screenplay for Burton’s most recent movie, Dark Shadows – said the film would not be a “remake” or a “reboot”, but “a true sequel with Michael Keaton as the title character”.

In a video interview with Shocktillyoudrop.com, Burton admitted that he was open to the idea of a second Beetlejuice film.

“Seth is writing something, so we’ll see,” he said. “I love the character but I want to just kind of look at it from a fresh perspective and see what he comes up with. That’s, like, one of my favourite characters I’ve ever dealt with… I would love to revisit that character at some point.”

Burton’s next movie as director, a remake of his 1984 short film Frankenweenie, is scheduled for release in October. Among its stars are Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara, both of whom worked with the director on Beetlejuice.