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'Beetlejuice 2' is absolutely a sequel, says writer Seth Grahame-Smith

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Seth Grahame-Smith has given fans an update on Beetlejuice 2.

The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer is currently working on a script for a follow-up to the 1988 movie, and has tweeted a photo of himself in Beetlejuice gear at his computer, along with the phrase: "It's showtime."

Seth Grahame-Smith in Beetlejuice gear at his computer.

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Seth Grahame-Smith in Beetlejuice gear



Original director Tim Burton recently stated that he and star Michael Keaton will return if the script is good enough.

Grahame-Smith reassured fans that the movie will "absolutely" be a sequel rather than a reboot or remake, and said that he hopes to create a story that Burton and Keaton will approve of.

He told SciFiNow: "I think that you'd have to be an idiot not to be nervous about taking on something so beloved by so many people, myself included.

'Beetlejuice' still

Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice

Seth Grahame-Smith

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Seth Grahame-Smith



"Which is the precise reason why we told Warner Bros we would absolutely not even think about doing it without Michael Keaton reprising his role and without Tim's involvement and we were lucky enough to get both men to agree in theory, provided the script was strong enough that they'd at least be open to it. So we're proceeding slowly, cautiously and carefully.

"What I will say is that we are not remaking or rebooting this movie, we are absolutely doing a 26 years later sequel, and more important than that, if we don't feel like it does the first movie justice then I think it's even better not to do it, so we'll see."

The original Beetlejuice earned more than $70 million at the box office in 1988, becoming the year's tenth-highest-grossing film.

Watch a trailer for Beetlejuice below:

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