While there hasn’t been much official information in regards to the Beetlejuice sequel, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has just confirmed a couple things about the film. Unlike the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which is starting over with a brand new cast, Grahame-Smith has rejected the idea of rebooting Beetlejuice.
Buried in a piece about Grahame-Smith in The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment news site notes that director Tim Burton picked Grahame-Smith to write the long-delayed Beetlejuice sequel. According to their report, Grahame-Smith is “rejecting the idea of rebooting the movie with a new star in favor of bringing Michael Keaton back in a sequel set in the present day.”
So it looks like there will be quite a time jump between when Beetlejuice ended and when the new sequel kicks off. It also appears that while Grahame-Smith wants to bring Keaton back, he won’t be overusing the actor in the film.
Grahame-Smith is reportedly taking Keaton's "less is more" advice with the Beetlejuice character. He noted that in the original Beetlejuice film, the title character doesn't appear until almost the midpoint.