Tim Burton is being lined up to direct the sequel to Beetlejuice.

According to reports the award-winning director is waiting to see the script for the follow-up to the 1988 fantasy flick, which is being penned by Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, before signing on the dotted line.

The Wrap reports that 55-year-old Burton has been invited by Warner Bros. to direct the flick, on which he is already a producer along with David Geffen.

This news comes after it was rumoured Burton had dropped his plans to direct Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children as the follow-up to his recently completed Big Eyes, and is on the lookout for a new project.

Burton hinted last year he was likely to make a sequel if Grahame-Smith came up with an exciting enough script.

He said: ''[Only] if it was interesting. Although, I don't know if I would ever know a good script if it bit me in the face. But, I know what I like, so we'll see.

''Seth [Grahame-Smith] is writing something. I just told him, because it was something where I liked the character, he'd probably have a better response. He has ideas about it, so I just wanted to let him respond to it and see what he comes up with.''

The original Beetlejuice movie starred Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, but it is not yet known whether the actors  would reprise their cult roles.