Beetlejuice 2: Are Michael Keaton and Tim Burton Finally Committed?

February 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Beetlejuice 2 appears to finally be getting some momentum after years in development after Michael Keaton revealed that Tim Burton is close to committing to the film.

Keaton said recently that he emailed Burton a couple of times about the film previously but it was “really preliminary stuff.”

“Now it looks like he is involved,” Keaton told MTV. “And without giving too much away we’ve talked to each other, and e-mailed each other, and if he’s in, it’s going to be hard not to be in.”

Winona Ryder weighed in on the rumors surrounding the film last year, saying that the film “might be happening.”

She told The Daily Beast that she may be on board as well.

“I’m kind of sworn to secrecy,” Ryder said. “But it sounds like it might be happening.”

While some fans don’t want another movie, Ryder noted that it’s not a remake–it would be set 27 years in the future.

As for Keaton, he is really fond of the original movie.

He told the Los Angeles Times in 2011: “From an art perspective, I don’t know how you get better than ‘Beetlejuice.’ In terms of originality and a look, it’s 100% unique. If you consider the process of taking something from someone’s mind — meaning Tim — and putting it on the screen, I think that movie is incomparable.”

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith has been working on a script since at least 2012.

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