‘Beetlejuice 2’ Won’t Move Without Michael Keaton

Writers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg have Tim Burton’s blessing for the sequel.

Beetlejuice 2 writers want Michael Keaton to return
Beetlejuice 2 writers want Michael Keaton to return
Last month, we reported that writers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were hired to write Beetlejuice 2 for Warner Bros. The writers recently stated that they need to have Michael Keaton star in the sequel to move forward. Here's what Seth Grahame-Smith said below.

When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we'd do it if we got Tim [Burton's] blessing and involvement, and we got that, and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it's a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, 'Hey, it's me. I endorse this movie.' We're not there yet [with Keaton] because we don't have a film to present to him."

David Katzenberg also reiterated that Beetlejuice 2 is a sequel and not a remake. It is still early in the development of Beetlejuice 2, but it seems like Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are heading in the right direction.

Beetlejuice 2 is in development and stars Michael Keaton. The film is directed by Tim Burton.

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Comments (31)

  1. Titanictom

    TO cristopher couillard!!! I Know what films that they have done...I am reffering to What is going on with them Currently "NOT what they did WAY BACK!!! Chances are I've seen more FILMS/MOVIES than you have {over 2,232} since I was 5.... I am 45 NOW!!!!

    3 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  2. Garrett Stearman

    Thelma Martinez... are you serious??? the movie came before the cartoon OMG

    3 years agoby @Garrett-StearmanFlag

  3. Christopher Couillard

    @titanictom Hate to break it to you, but Michael Keaton AND Eddie Murphy have both done sequels. Keaton did Batman and Batman Returns. Eddie Murphy Did The Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy, 4 Shrek movies, 2 Dr. Dolittle movies... Just saying.

    3 years agoby @Christopher-CouillardFlag

  4. skywise

    This is pretty good news. The one and onl Beetlejuice!

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. Sean

    Yes, I couldn't agree with you more on that.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag


    That's right, no Keaton no Beetlejuice 2.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  7. Titanictom

    Maybe he's not a SELLOUT-Him and EDDIE MURPHY and some other actors who won't do sequels Should start their own Production Company??!!!

    3 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  8. ROFLitschristian

    FINALLY! Someone in Hollywood who knows what the f*ck he's talking about!

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  9. ejk1

    @incmob Wasn't actually being serious, dude. I honestly don't care enough about the project.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. DuaneBarry

    I think they should bring back Ryder as well. Only now she is the embattled spirit that requires help from Betelgeuse.
    Maybe he can stand guard while she is shoplifting.

    3 years agoby @DuaneBarryFlag

  11. m2

    @mosorwvlad I hope not.

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  12. m2

    Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice.

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  13. Sean

    The Beetlejuice role is good only for Michael Keaton, like how the Captain Jack Sparrow role is good only for Johnny Depp.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  14. mosorwvlad

    Johnny Depp anyone ?

    3 years agoby @mosorwvladFlag

  15. incmob

    good for them to stick with the original star and not have just a retooled version or remake or reboot, keaton is and will always be beetlejuice.

    @ejk1 meh.... not agreeing with you on that one. i think they could pull this off with another family. ryder's character was just bland and i could do without.

    3 years agoby @incmobFlag

  16. ejk1

    Screw Keaton. If Wynona's not there, neither am I.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. SherlockHolmes2009

    Now thats what I like to hear. Back in June of 2010 he said he is 100% willing to return as Beetlejuice so more than likely he will comeback

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  18. Sean

    I completely agree with you on that. If Michael Keaton doesn't return for the role of Beetlejuice then don't make it, but hopefully he will return for the next Beetlejuice movie.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  19. Theresa A

    I think its awesome, 26 years later, I wonder who else they will try to get form the original cast. And please don't make it if Michael Keaton wont play Beetlejuice.

    3 years agoby @Theresa-AFlag

  20. Dan

    Don't f*cking make it.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  21. The Knight Has Risen

    Now this I will see!

    3 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  22. thrashnasty190

    Useless sequel.

    3 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  23. CUPID

    He should ask for $50 million (aka pulling a Will Smith)

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Let's see what happens

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  25. JasonKat

    good job, dont move w out him, cast him and move it or leave it alone if casted sum1 else.

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  26. JacobTNA

    I say NO to a sequel. But if there is going to be one Michael Keaton has to be the star. No one else can play Beetlejuice.

    3 years agoby @jacobtnaFlag

  27. Ps2fatboy

    too little too late

    3 years agoby @ps2fatboyFlag

  28. Sean

    Yes, that would be great if he does. It's time for there to be another Beetlejuice movie, because Beetlejuice 2 is 26 years late from existing.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  29. Jimthar

    another useless sequel. uuuughhhhh....

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  30. slysnide

    Warner's really reaching on this one.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

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