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Beetlejuice sequel gets a new writer


Story by Jack Foley

A SEQUEL to Beetlejuice has moved a step closer.

According to Deadline, Mike Vukadinovich has been hired by Warner Bros to re-write the script for the long gestating.

If successful, Warner Bros envisage the follow-up as a chance to re-pair Tim Burton with Michael Keaton – although no deals are anywhere near done with either of them.

However, it is thought that both Burton and Keaton, who are currently working on Disney’s live-action version of Dumbo, are keen on the idea of a sequel if a good script can be found.

Vukadinovic most recently completed the script for Rememory, a science-fiction drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, starring Peter Dinklage and Julie Ormond.

He also wrote Mr Toad’s Wild Ride, based on the Disneyland ride, for Disney with Pete Candeland attached to direct.

The original Beetlejuice was directed by Burton in 1988 and has become a cult favourite. A fantasy-comedy, the film also starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as ghosts who haunt their old home.

However, when a little girl (played by Winona Ryder) accidentally unleashes a mischievous ghost (Keaton), the ghosts try to drive the homeowners (Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones) out of the house.