Tim Burton has been trying to make a Beetlejuice sequel for nearly 20 years. With Beetlejuice alums Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara providing voices for Burton’s Frankenweenie, it was no surprise that they’d be asked about what’s been going on with the project.
“I heard it’s being written, that’s all I know,” Ryder told Toofab during a Frankenweenie press junket.
Burton confirmed that Warner Bros. hired Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) to write and produce a Beetlejuice sequel in Sept. 2011, but he has no idea when it will be ready.
“I have no expectations,” said Burton. “I didn’t give him too much [direction] because I want to try to not have a lot of preconceived ideas about it… sometimes you want to be surprised.”
Burton first planned to produce a sequel in 1990, with Jonathan Gems hired to write a script titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian and Kevin Smith turned down an offer to rewrite in 1996. It is unknown if Grahame-Green will be continuing with the tropical flavor of the ‘90s attempts to revisit the idea, though he did tell Collider, “This will be a true 26 or 27 years later sequel. It’s not a remake, it’s not a reboot, it is a true sequel with Michael Keaton as the title character Beetlejuice.”