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A sequel to 1988's "Beetlejuice" is reportedly in the works.
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updated 9/8/2011 10:15:55 AM ET 2011-09-08T14:15:55

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Think if we say his name three times Hollywood will give up their new idea of a sequel to the 1988 Tim Burton classic? Yeah, me neither.

Deadline.com is reporting that the ghostly sequel is in the works, but there's some good news. "The film will not be a remake," the site reports. "The intention is to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original."

David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith will work on the project, Deadline.com says. Grahame-Smith worked with Tim Burton, original "Beetlejuice" director, on his current project, "Dark Shadows," so he's familiar not just with Burton's style, but with writing for beloved and spooky characters from our past. ("Dark Shadows" head vamp Barnabas Collins will be played in that film by Johnny Depp, who loved the show as a kid.)

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Of course it's way too early to talk cast, but you'll recall that Michael Keaton plays Betelgeuse (his character's name was spelled differently from the movie title), Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis are the ghost couple who try to chase Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder out of their house.

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Best tidbit from early coverage: There were plans for a sequel in the early 1990s, and it reportedly would have been called "Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian." Wow, that sounds like a parody title written for a movie scene where a clueless studio executive throws out a bunch of really lame sequel ideas. Hey, maybe that script's still lying around!

Not everyone is thrilled about the idea. Gawker's headline for a story on the sequel is "Hollywood Still Determined to Ruin Absolutely Everything."

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