When it comes to horror comedies, few films are as beloved as Tim Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice. Michael Keaton’s titular ghost with the most is one of the most memorable characters in genre history, and his supporting cast – including Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis – keeps up with him well.
Rumors of a Beetlejuice 2 have floated around for years, but the project has never seemed to really get anywhere, hitting new roadblocks every time progress looks like it might be made. It’s been awhile since anything concrete emerged concerning the sequel, but Deadline reports that it’s once again moving forward, this time with a new writer.
The new writer in question is Mike Vukadinovich, an up-and-comer who recently penned the sci-fi/mystery flick Rememory, which starred Peter Dinklage and the late Anton Yelchin. He’s also writing a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride movie for Disney, and did some work on Hulu’s upcoming Marvel-based series Runaways.
Deals have yet to be closed with either Burton to direct or Keaton to star in the sequel, but the two men are said to be excited about the prospect of resurrecting Beetlejuice. Burton and Keaton are currently working together on Disney’s live-action Dumbo movie, so that has likely spurred their desire to collaborate further.
I think I can speak for the rest of us when I say that I hope Ryder also reprises her role of Lydia Deetz in the sequel, and that we at least get some type of cameo from Baldwin, Davis, and possibly Catherine O’Hara. Jeffrey Jones can kindly not come back, since he’s now a registered sex offender.
While a Beetlejuice 2 could certainly end up being awful – Burton’s recent track record isn’t exactly great – I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to seeing Keaton don the makeup and iconic striped suit again. Here’s hoping the movie actually gets made this time.