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Tim Burton: Beetlejuice sequel is written, cast, and ready to start filming

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Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton are both on board

We've been hearing about a sequel to classic horror-comedy Beetlejuice for years, but director Tim Burton has now gone on the record and confirmed everything. It's. Really. Happening. Speaking to ShowbizSpy, Burton said: "The film is a go and has been approved by the Warner Bros. team. [We] have talked with the cast members we wanted for the film and they are all on board, this includes both Winona [Ryder] and Michael [Keaton]. We have the script in hand everything is in place all we need to do now is get ready to start filming."

So, that's as clear an indication about the film's progress as we've heard, although it's worth noting that Beetlejuice 2 has been in discussion for quite some time. The original film was released in 1988, with Burton writing a sequel a few years later — Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian — that never got off the ground. More recently in 2011, Warner Bros. hired writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith to work on a sequel, and over the past year, both Ryder and Keaton have confirmed their participation. As Burton says, it seems we're just waiting on those cameras. Then it's showtime.