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Beetlejuice
Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder in the 1988 original

Beetlejuice is getting a musical reboot

It will arrive in time for the 2018-19 season on Broadway

You probably assumed after Ghostbusters got its all-female remake, that no 80s classic was off limits – and you would have been right. 28 years after the original film’s release, Tim Burton’s pesky pin-striped spirit named Beetlejuice is getting resurrected.

According to reports on the New York Post, a musical reboot of the horror comedy is set to grace the Broadway stage. It will be brought to you by Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers, the co-creator of Mozart In The Jungle, and will apparently open during the 2018-2019 season. While few concrete details are known at this stage, one thing is for sure: Winona Ryder and the rest of the original cast will not be making an appearance.

However, there is still room for a good old-fashioned film sequel. Ryder recently told Collider that a film sequel “would be great if it happened, if it was the right circumstances”. Original director Tim Burton also sounded positive. “It's something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it's one of those films where it has to be right,” he said in May. “It's not a kind of a movie that cries out (for a sequel), it's not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it's something that if the elements are right – because I do love the character and Michael's amazing as that character, so yeah we'll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.” 

And if today’s film industry has taught us anything, it’s that good films never die. Expect to see a sequel or all one-gendered remake of it soon.