Recently there have been whispers that a possible sequel to Tim Burton’s classic 1988 dark comedy Beetlejuice was in the works. Stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder certainly talked as if it was a sure thing over the past year or so. But one never knows in Hollywood, does one? Numerous projects have been started with great ideas and intentions to never get beyond that phase.
Collider’s Steve Weintraub brought up the subject of a potential Beetlejuice 2 with Burton while the director was doing press for his upcoming film Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and got this response –
This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. 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 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.
So it sounds to me as if the desire is there, but we are not as close to the sequel being a sure thing as previously thought. Will the stars align for a Beetlejuice 2 or will this just go the way of so many other projects that never got past the “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if—” stage? We’ll keep watching to find out.