Rumors of a follow up to the ridiculously popular 1988 comedy classic Beetlejuice have been circulating for years. For a long time, they were nothing more than that; rumors. Now, it looks like there is a lot more to the story to just a simple rumor. Says who, you may ask? Well, the answer is Michael Keaton, that’s who.
As we told you back in October, director Tim Burton had tasked screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katenzberg with coming up with the idea for the new film. At the time of the last report Michael Keaton, the man who rocked the black and white suit to play “the ghost with the most,” had not yet seen a copy of the script or been in any sort of formal negotiations to reboot the franchise. However, it looks like things may actually be moving in the right direction.
In an interview with MTV for his latest film RoboCop, Keaton explained that things have become more of a reality than just the hopes of fans everywhere.
“I’ve emailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff until relatively recently,” Keaton said. “I always said that is the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required, at least for me, for Tim to be involved some way or another. Now it looks like he is involved. And without giving too much away, we’ve talked to each other, and emailed each other, and if he’s in, it’s going to be hard not to be in.”
In other words, I think he just said that if Burton is in, he’s in.
I don’t know about you, but that is music to my ears. I simply couldn’t imagine them moving forward with a sequel to a tale as iconic as Beetlejuice without the man who truly brought the character to life.
As we told you before, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, there has been an official offer from Warner Bros. to Burton to direct the film. The sequel already has a producer with David Geffen. Geffen’s company also produced the original film. Geffen also served as executive producer for the Beetlejuice cartoon series that aired for four seasons starting the year following the original film’s release.
There is no official word on anything like casting announcements, release dates, or even if the script has been completed, but there is one thing that is for sure; if they can put together the original cast with Tim Burton’s genius, and a good, solid storyline, then there are two words that I am waiting to hear; “It’s Showtime!”