Monday, October 21, 2013

Tim Burton & Michael Keaton May Return for BEETLEJUICE 2

Is it finally showtime once again?

The Wrap confirmed rumors that director Tim Burton is officially in talks with Warner Bros. to return for a sequel to Beetlejuice, his supernatural comedy classic from 1988.  The Geffen Company, which produced the 1988 classic, will produce the sequel with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions.  Grahame-Smith, who wrote the adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter produced by Burton, wrote the script for Warner Bros.

And yes, 62-year-old actor Michael Keaton is expected to reprise his role as The Ghost with the Most, although nothing is certain at this point.

Burton is currently in post-production on the film Big Eyes, a 2014 drama starring Amy Adams based on the life of painter Margaret Keane.  It was believed that his next project was going to be the 20th Century Fox fantasy film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel.  However, The Wrap claims that Burton hasn't decided what his next movie will be and even though it probably won't be Beetlejuice 2, it seems the sequel could end up on his schedule if talks go well.

After the creative and box office failure of Burton's 2012 movie version of Dark Shadows, it seems audiences are more than ready for Burton to part ways with actor Johnny Depp and a reunion with Michael Keaton may be just what the director needs.  His next film, Frankenweenie, was good enough to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Film, but it would be nice to see Burton recapture some of that magic once again in live-action.

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