Beetlejuice 2 is “closer than ever” reveals Tim Burton

A long-awaited sequel to the hit film is on the way, with star Michael Keaton likely to reprise his role

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Rumours of a Beetlejuice 2 have been circulating since 2012, with RadioTimes.com reporting last year that Tim director Burton and actor Michael Keaton were in talks about a sequel

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And now fans of the 1988 horror-comedy can really get excited. 

Promoting his new movie Big Eyes, director Burton told the website Coming Soon.net that a Beetlejuice 2 was very much on the table.

 “It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.”

The original fantasy comedy saw Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a recently deceased couple who become ghosts and haunt their former home to scare away the new inhabitants. They call on Betelgeuse, or Beetlejuice, played by Michael Keaton, a mischievous spirit to help them out.

Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder also starred in the film which won an Oscar for its makeup, made nearly five times its $15 million budget at the box office, and led to an animated series in 1989 which Burton produced.

Rumours of a sequel have been circulating for four years, but with Burton and Keaton’s recent movie success, it could become a reality. 

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Burton’s film Big Eyes has earned three Golden Globe nominations, and Keaton is enjoying huge critical praise with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s mindbender Birdman, which earned seven Golden Globe nominations including Best Film and a Best Actor nod for Keaton. It has also dominated the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and the Gotham Awards.