Beetlejuice 2: Tim Burton confirms that he’ll direct the Beetlejuice sequel and that Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder are involved.

Tim Burton Says He Plans to Make Beetlejuice 2 With Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder

Tim Burton Says He Plans to Make Beetlejuice 2 With Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder

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Dec. 17 2014 2:22 PM

Tim Burton Says He Plans to Make Beetlejuice 2 With Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder

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Looks like Beetlejuice and Lydia will be back!

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More than 25 years have passed since Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic Beetlejuice, and plans for a sequel have been in the works since at least 2012. It now appears that those plans are starting to move forward: Burton, speaking to MTV, has confirmed that he wants to return to direct, that he’s continuing to work on a script with Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows), and that there are parts for both Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder.

And while Burton says he hasn’t been able to get a hold of Keaton directly to discuss reprising his Beetlejuice character (he’s currently tied up with press for Birdman), Keaton has in the past expressed interest in doing a sequel. “I always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again,” he told MTV in February. “[Burton and I] have emailed each other, and if he’s in, it’s going to be hard not to be in.”

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As for Ryder, she said last year that she has been involved in talks for the sequel and that, instead of being a remake, it will take place 27 years later. If that’s still the plan, that would put the timing for Beetlejuice 2 around a 2015–16 release—or so we hope. Maybe if we just keep repeating his name enough times, it’ll happen.

Dee Lockett is a writer for Vulture and a former Slate editorial assistant.