Michael Keaton has revealed that he may reprise his role in a sequel to Tim Burton's1988 box office smash, Beetlejuice. Keaton told MTV News that Burton was quite likely to direct the new film, which has been in development for the past year.
"I've emailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff," Keaton declared. "I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again… But it kind of required 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."
The screenplay has been written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote Burton's Dark Shadows. Beetlejuice centred on a young but recently deceased couple, played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, who are haunting their old residence. They hire the Beetlejuice, a ghost, to help them banish the new family who have moved into the house.
Keaton is currently experiencing a career resurgnce through his roles in the new Robocop and Alejandro González Iñárritu's comedy, Birdman.
The director is currently finishing post-production on Big Eyes, a biopic of artist Walter Keane, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. His adaptation of children's fantasy Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is scheduled for release in summer 2015.