Michael Keaton’s Up for Beetlejuice 2!

The star of the original Tim Burton classic has been meeting with writer Seth Grahame-Smith about a follow-up.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

That Beetlejuice 2 story we ran last year? It's not a pipe dream. It's still in the early stages, but Seth Grahame-Smith – whose Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter just debuted an incredible new trailer – is actively talking to Michael Keaton about finally making a follow-up to the 1988 comedy classic from then-upstart director Tim Burton. Still no word yet on whether it'll be called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, but we can hope.

Shock Till You Drop spoke to Seth Grahame-Smith, you admitted the project was "still early out," but also that he'd met with Keaton, whom the writer says has "been wanting to do it for 20 years." He added, "I really told him, I have a huge reverence for Tim and a huge reverence for that film in general. I don't think we should do it if we sh*t on the legacy. He agrees."

Just don't line up around the block yet. Grahme-Smith is still working on story ideas, and has at least two projects to complete before he can begin work in earnest: an original animated film for Tim Burton, and an adaptation of his own novel Unholy Night, which recasts the Three Wise Men as escaped thieves forced to protect baby Jesus from the hordes of King Herod, and fight Old Testament monsters along the way.

CraveOnline will be back with more Beetlejuice 3 news after we finish our Handbooks for the Recently Diseased.