If you remember last September it was announced that Warner Brothers was very interested in finally putting out a long-awaited sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 comedy, Beetlejuice. Then just a month later it was rumored that leading man Michael Keaton was being sought by the studio to reprise his role as Beetlejuice. Now, MTV News is said to have firm that Tim Burton will definitely be participating in some capacity.
“Yes,” responded Burton when asked if he was involved with the project. “I love that character, and Michael is so great in it. I always think about how great and fun that character was, so I just said to Seth [Grahame-Smith], ‘If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I’ll look at it freshly… In the past, I tried some things, but that was way back when. He seemed really excited about it.”
While the original Beetlejuice movie spawned a ill-fated animated television series, a sequel was actually planned planned in the early nineties with the title Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. Burton had planned to come back as the director, but the project failed to develop beyond an initial screenplay and the studio shelved the entire project. It’s currently unknown whether or not the forthcoming script will have any crossover with that original concept, but Burton’s comments make it sound unlikely.