A 'Beetlejuice' sequel is closer than it has ever been.

Director Tim Burton has been speaking about the possibility of making a follow-up to the 1988 hit movie and he's confirmed it's a very realistic possibility, providing Michael Keaton can be tempted back to play the starring role.

He told IGN: ''There's only one Beetlejuice, and that's Michael. There is a script, and I would love to work with him again. I think there is now a better chance than ever.

''I miss that character. There's something that's cathartic and amazing about it. I think it's closer than ever.''

The prospect of a 'Beetlejuice 2' movie has been increasing all the while over the last few months, with Keaton confirming he'd be happy to be involved with the project if Burton was also committed.

And even more recently, he confirmed that they were both waiting on a script before progressing with the project.

Elsewhere, Winona Ryder - who also starred in the original film - revealed that plans to make the sequel are continuing.

She said: ''I'm kind of sworn to secrecy, [the sequel] sounds like it might be happening.''