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‘Beetlejuice 2’ Summons a New Writer (And Yes, It’s Still in Development)

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Cinema legend has it that if you say his name three times, Beetlejuice will appear. Given how often the Beetlejuice sequel has been discussed in the press, we should have like, eight more of these movies by now. And although the long-gestating project remains unofficial, Warner Bros. has brought on a new writer to take a crack at writing a screenplay worthy of luring Tim Burton and Michael Keaton back for more spooky fun.

Deadline reports that Mike Vukadinovich has been tapped to write the latest draft of Beetlejuice 2, the sequel to Burton’s 1988 classic starring Keaton as the iconic ghost with the most. Vukadinovich’s recent credits include the indie sci-fi drama Rememory, starring Peter Dinklage, as well as Marvel’s new Runaways series for Hulu, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for Disney (based on the classic book-turned-theme park attraction).

Burton, Keaton and co-star Winona Ryder have occasionally expressed interest in revisiting Beetlejuice, which centered on a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who employ the services of an antagonistic poltergeist to rid their home of its new tenants: A family of wealthy eccentrics played by Ryder, Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies scribe Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote a previous draft of the screenplay for Beetlejuice 2, remains on board to produce the long-developing sequel. Meanwhile, Keaton and Burton have another reunion in the works; the pair are currently filming Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo.

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