It looks like the hope for a sequel to beloved Tim Burton film Beetlejuice is dying slowly and painfully. Burton has given an update on the proposed project: he’s interested in making it happen, but it’s not happening yet.
This was the gist of a recent interview by Collider. The director told the site that he has the support of his original stars, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, but all the stories we’ve heard churned out from the rumour mill over the years are just not true. That includes the theory he’s switching out Keaton for frequent collaborator Johnny Depp.
Burton has been quoted saying:
“This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in… 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. It’s not a kind of 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… so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”
Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, and Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ screenwriter) agreed to take a pass at a Beetlejuice 2 script just last year. But apparently, nothing ever came of the collaboration.
Will Beetlejuice 2 ever happen? At this point, it doesn’t look like it. But never say never, especially with a Tim Burton property.
If you’re eager for some Burton madness, Alice Through the Looking Glass (which he produced) is out on May 27th, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (which he directed) is out on September 30th.