By Will Ashton
Writers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg have been working on a sequel to Beetlejuice for a little while now, but the project hasn’t really seen any real development—until now. The Wrap confirms that the director of the original film, Tim Burton, has been in talks to direct the sequel.
Producing the film will be The Geffen Company along with Smith. The following statement was released on The Wrap’s website which confirmed Burton’s involvement:
“20th Century Fox’s fantasy film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children may not be Burton’s next movie. Peter Chernin’s production company is producing the adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel. The truth is that Burton hasn’t decided what his next movie will be, and while it definitely won’t be Beetlejuice 2, his long-rumored interest in a sequel is no mere flirtation anymore.”
Earlier, on The Schmoes Knows podcast, word was spread that a “very reliable” inside source had told them that Burton has been working his way towards making the sequel to his original film. This is the first confirmation that Burton has been working his way towards making the sequel. Should he direct the film, this would only be his second sequel in his filmography. The first being 1992’s Batman Returns.
As much as I love Burton, I can’t say that I was ever really all that excited about the prospect of a sequel to Beetlejuice. To paraphrase Kevin Smith, didn’t the first movie say everything it needed to say? But the fact that Burton may, indeed, be directing the film does make me inclined to check the film out. The biggest factor towards having any potential for working is if they bring Michael Keaton back.
Burton is currently in post-production on Big Eyes, his next directorial project, which will be released sometime in 2014.