Warner Bros. Won't Move Forward With "Beetlejuice 2" Without Michael Keaton

Maybe if they say his name three times he'll appear to give his blessings.

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When we reported that a sequel to Tim Burton's beloved 1988 horror-comedy was being developed, we never expected it to snowball like it did. The general reaction to this news, (as is to be expected) was mixed at best, hostile at worst. Although Tim supposedly gave his blessings to make Beetlejuice 2, there is one matter that most people seem to agree on—Michael Keaton needs to be brought back to reprise his role as the "ghost with the most."

Entertainment Weekly had the chance to go behind the scenes of the recently developed KatzSmith Productions (founded by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith) and snatch a few details about the deadman's revival. Keaton had somewhat of a comeback year in 2010, between his voicing Ken in Toy Story 3 and amusing supporting turn as a TLC-quoting police captain in The Other Guys. However, whether or not he's interested in becoming the eponymous "freelance bio-exorcist" a second time is another matter.

Seth Grahame-Smith has established a good working relationhsip with Burton — seeing how he has scripted the director's upcoming Dark Shadows movie — but can he convince the Gothic filmmaker to helm the sequel?

[via EW]


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