Newswire: The Beetlejuice sequel definitely has a place for Michael Keaton

Following Tim Burton’s confirmation that, oh yeah, he would direct a second Beetlejuice starring Winona Ryder, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has confirmed that the filmmakers definitely plan to bring back Michael Keaton as well. According to Grahame-Smith, the long-anticipated sequel will serve as a proper follow-up to the original story and won’t attempt to reboot the series with Melissa McCarthy or anything.

For his part, Keaton is pretty excited to revisit the iconic role, according to his comments last night at the Golden Globes. He said he still feels connected to the character—which must be horrifying for his friends—and that his involvement is contingent only upon his and Burton’s availability. He also said, “I don’t know why we didn’t do another one two years later,” because Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian was a good idea, damn it.

Regarding the script for the new sequel, Grahame-Smith was …

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