Tim Burton Says He's Directing 'Beetlejuice 2' and Winona Ryder Is In

He also seems to confirm Michael Keaton's return.

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The Beetlejuice sequel has been rumored for a few years, rivaling Ghostbusters 3 for the amount of hearsay that's been written about it. But now director Tim Burton has seemingly confirmed the three things required for a successful second outing.

First: He's directing.

Second: Winona Ryder will be in it.

Third: Michael Keaton will play Beetlejuice.

In a new interview with MTV News, Burton confirms the first two parts and seems to implicitly confirm the third. He and Keaton are both doing the awards season publicity circuit right now for Big Eyes and Birdman respectively, but Burton says he misses the character and sounds like he can't wait to resurrect the ghost with the most.

A couple years ago Burton worked on The Killers' video for "Here with Me" with Winona Ryder, and it sounds like that reunion must have sparked something inside him.

“I worked with her, I hadn’t seen her in a while... and she was so great," Burton said. "I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her... and that character, I just miss it. There’s some freedom about that character that I love." Here he is talking about the movie.

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