'Closer than ever': Tim Burton just dropped some major Beetlejuice 2 intel

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Dec 16, 2014, 1:43 PM EST (Updated)

It’s been more than 25 years since Beetlejuice was released, and we’ve been waiting for a sequel ever since. Well, the wait might finally be coming to an end.

Director Tim Burton has been tinkering with a script for a while now, and told Coming Soon that he feels they’re closer than ever to actually making it a reality. Considering that original star Michael Keaton is enjoying a renaissance in critical buzz thanks to Birdman, it seems the stars might finally be on the verge of lining up:

“It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse.  We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.”

Obviously, that’s awesome news. We’d be leery of a sequel this late in the game — but with both Burton and Keaton back in the saddle — we think they might actually have a chance of recapturing some of that weird magic that made the original film so great.

But that’s not all. In a separate chat with MTV, Burton was asked about the odds of the film’s other original star, Winona Ryder (aka Lydia Deetz), making a return appearance. We don’t know if he’s actually spoken with Ryder about it, but Burton seemed extremely confident she’d be back if this movie ever gets a green light. His exact response:

“Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.”

It’s hard to argue with nine “yeahs,” and we honestly can’t imagine a Beetlejuice sequel without Ryder’s version of Lydia. It’s nice to see that Burton seems as excited as the fans to make this thing happen, and we’ll be holding our breath to see if he can get the band back together.

Do you think Beetlejuice 2 can really work all these years later?

(Via MTV, Coming Soon)

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