Everyone’s favorite Tim Burton film (at least it should be, if it isn’t, you must hate awesomeness) is finally getting a sequel over a decade since it first hit theaters in 1988. The sequel was first announced in 2011 by Warner Bros. and fans have been anxiously awaiting news. Finally, it seems like the project is moving forward as the Wrap has reported that Burton has been asked to return as director.
A sequel has long been on the minds of Warner Bros. since it’s success. A theatrical sequel was initially planned in the early 90’s with the saddening ridiculous title, Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. However, the project fell through during development of the initial screenplay. There was also a short-lived animated series that we don’t like to remember exists.
Michael Keaton has also been approached to reprise the titular role, but it has not been confirmed if he will return.
The original classic film also starred Winona Ryder, steely blue-eyed Siberian husky of a man Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis. It followed a recently deceased young couple (Baldwin and Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home and an obnoxious, devious “bio-exorcist” named Beetlejuice (Keaton) from the underworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Ryder) permanently.
There is no word on when the Beetlejuice sequel will begin production, what the storyline maybe, or who will join the cast. Though if Burton does become director we can likely expect to see some of his favorite actors and actresses join the cast (ahem, the gorgeously odd Helena Bonham Carter.)
Currently, Burton has his hands full with his next film, Big Eyes, which is set to star Amy Adams, (one of the men of my dreams) Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp. The film is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane and is expected to see release sometime in 2014.