Variety reports that Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton may be ready to reteam with director Tim Burton on a sequel to “Beetlejuice.”
Justin Kroll reports on Variety’s website: Sources have told Variety that Burton is in talks to return as director with Keaton on board to reprise his role as everyone’s favorite ghoul. Seth Grahame Smith wrote the script and will produce with his partner David Katzenberg through their KatzSmith Productions.
As I’ve written in the past, Keaton unleashed is a fine and funny thing to witness. In “Beetlejuice,” a wacky fantasy about life after death, he wails as Betelgeuse, a “bio-exorcist” who helps other ghosts boot unwanted human pests. As he declares, “I’m the ghost with the most, babe.”
When a happy Connecticut couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) die in a car accident, they’re thrust in a real-life nightmare: The Victorian home they’ve been lovingly restoring has been sold to an obnoxious couple from New York. Enter Betelgeuse, a fright with black-rimmed eyes, rotting teeth and various things sprouting out of or atop his sometimes spinning head.