Michael Keaton Confirms Beetlejuice 2 Talks With Director Tim Burton

Actor said he wouldn't sign on to do the sequel if the director wasn't on board

By Lily Harrison Feb 14, 2014 9:46 PMTags
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Attention all Beetlejuice fans!

After months, OK, years, of speculation that Michael Keaton would reprise his famous role, it seems as though a sequel to the hit film may actually happen.

The actor caught up with MTV News at a recent premiere for his current flick Robocop, and headmitted that he's interested in getting the ball rolling—so long as director Tim Burton is on board as well.

"I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff," Keaton admitted.

"I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved in some way or another."

So nothing's really signed, sealed, and delivered just yet…but it doesn't sound like the project is that far-fetched!

"Now it looks like [Burton] is involved," Keaton added. "And without giving too much away, we've talked to each other, and e-mailed each other, and if he's in, it's going to be hard not to be in."

Woo! That's the spirit!

Last fall, Burton admitted that he had received an offer from Warner Bros. to helm the sequel.

When asked back in 2012 whether or not Keaton should slip on his black-and-white pinstripe suit once more, Burton said, "Michael was so great in it. I'm sure he'd strangely tap right back into it."

Seth Grahame-Smith—who worked with Burton twice in 2012, on Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter—has penned the script. He is slated to produce the movie with partner David Katzenberg.