'Beetlejuice 2' is Happening, and Winona Ryder is Confirmed to Star

By Gerald Lynch on at

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Director Tim Burton has all-but-confirmed that the undead troublemaker from his 1988 breakout hit will be getting a sequel. After years of rumours, Beetlejuice 2 is finally happening.

Speaking to MTV, Burton revealed that he has seen a preliminary script and gave an emphatic "oh yeah!" when quizzed about returning to direct the film. He even replied "Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah yeah, oh yeah," when asked if original Beetlejuice star Winona Ryder would return. Yeah!

It seems that a collaboration between Ryder and Burton on the set of a recent music video for The Killers sparked the revival of the dormant project.

“I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile and she was so great,” Burton explained. “I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael [Keaton], and her and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”

But will Birdman-Batman-Beetlejuice himself, Michael Keaton, dust off that striped suit again for the lead role?

“I’ve e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff,” Keaton told MTV back in February.

“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 some way or another.” [MTV]