Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are set to return to the director’s second feature film, comedy-horror Beetlejuice.
The film was a massive box office and critical success, even landing an Oscar for Keaton and co’s ghoulish make-up, and made its demonic anti-hero Beetlejuice a well-loved cult character.
It turns out that the mantra used to summon Beetlejuice in the film – repeatedly chanting his name – may have some power in real life too, as it’s no secret that avid fans have been lobbying for a sequel for some time.
According to Hollywood insiders, Burton is officially in talks to direct the sequel for Warner Bros and Keaton is expected to reprise the role he has always been fond of. The producers of the original 1988 hit, the Geffen Company, will also be returning to the project.
Keaton is currently involved in the forthcoming RoboCop remake and Birdman, a comedy from Alejandro González Iñárritu, the director of 21 Grams and Babel.
Burton, know for his gothic, macabre but often comic productions, is reported to be busy with a film adaptation of the creepy Ransom Riggs novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
So although it’s not going to materialise any time soon, at least Beetlejuice 2 has been officially acknowledged by the people who count.
It would seem to be a good time to revive the 25-year-old cult classic, especially following Burton and long-time collaborator Johnny Depp’s recent flop Dark Shadows.
As Beetlejuice would say “Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!”