People of a certain age (namely children of the 80s) tend to have a strong reaction to remakes, reboots, and long-in-the-making sequels of childhood classics, either loving or hating the projects as they come. When we first heard that a script for Beetlejuice 2 was being kicked around, the reaction was mixed.
But writers and have expressed from the start they will remain true to the original source and create a real sequel, not a reimagined version or bastardized adaptation. That includes hopefully jumping on board to reprise his iconic role. But the other big question was whether or not director would be involved in some way.
According to the Schmoes Know podcast, word on the street (from a "very reliable" source, so take it as you will) is that not only will Burton be involved, he's also down to direct. He was apparently even considering dropping out of directing Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, but luckily rearranged his schedule recently to accommodate both projects.
Both Burton and Keaton have expressed a desire to be involved in the project in some way, which is exactly what Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg want, as highlighted in this interview from 2011:
When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we’d do it if we got Tim [Burton’s] blessing and involvement, and we got that, and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, “Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie.” We’re not there yet [with Keaton] because we don’t have a film to present to him.
While Burton's track record in the past few years has been...well, let's just say, questionable, it makes me feel a bit better about this sequel knowing he's (probably) on board to direct. What about you? Let me know your thoughts below.