Beetlejuice 2 Resurrected With New Writer

Just when Warner Bros.' plans for a Beetlejuice sequel seemed doomed to the afterlife, someone apparently has spoken the name again.

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According to Deadline, the studio has hired Mike Vukadinovich to rewrite the screenplay for the project, which would reunite director Tim Burton with star Michael Keaton.

Vukadinovich wrote Rememory, a sci-fi drama starring Peter Dinklage and Julie Ormond, and worked on the upcoming first season of Marvel's Runaways for Hulu.

The development comes more than a year after Keaton admitted the long-gestating sequel might never happen. “It’s possible that ship has sailed,” he said.

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Winona Ryder, who starred in the 1988 original, had previously teased a sequel, telling Seth Meyers in 2015 that she “thinks [she] can confirm it,” with both Burton and Keaton on board. The director later revealed a sequel wasn't officially in the works, but he was still interested in doing it.

Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions are expected to produce Beetlejuice 2.

Beetlejuice was recently re-released and is now playing in two theaters in Los Angeles. There's also a rumored adaptation headed to Broadway from Tony-nominated director and writer Alex Timber.

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