Michael Keaton has revealed he had been in contact with Tim Burton about reprising his role as Beetlejuice in the sequel to the 1988 comedy.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle... For fans of the 1988 comedy, repeating the name of the mischievous bio-exorcist three times is not something one should take lightly. Especially if you're dead! Although Beetlejuice has been banished to the waiting room of death, he may be heading back to earth as Michael Keaton has revealed he is in contact with Tim Burton, the original film's director.
Keaton starred as Beetlejuice in the 1988 supernatural comedy, centred on a deceased couple who attempt to regain possession of their house once a living family move in. Geena Davies and Alec Baldwin play the ghostly couple who request Beetlejuice's help and after a number of complications, including Beetlejuice's attempted elopement with the family's daughter (Winona Ryder), successfully regain control of their home. Ryder is also rumoured to be reprising her role.
Keaton, speaking to MTV, discussed the possibility of a second film at the Robocop junket in Los Angeles on Thursday (13th February). Although rumours of a sequel have been circulating since 2012 when it was revealed Seth Grahame-Smith was working on a script for Beetlejuice 2, Keaton has not mentioned the possibility of his involvement before. In the interview he said "I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff. I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another."
Although Keaton appeared willing to appear in any sequel, he did note that if Burton is most likely involved, he probably doesn't have any choice in reprising his role as the sharply dressed 'bio-exorcist.' On the matter, Keaton said "if he's [Burton] in, it's going to be hard not to be in."
Keaton did not only mention his collaboration with Burton on Beetlejuice but on the Batman films. He joked about the two working on a Batman museum and a Batman parade, but added more seriously that he was "proud" to have been involved in the films.
Keaton is currently starring in Robocop which is out in US and UK cinemas now.
Michael Keaton at the L.A. premiere of Robocop.
Helena Bonham Carter and her husband, director Tim Burton.