The rumors of a ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel led to the development of a ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel, but that work has slowed to a crawl and fans are left to wonder if the film will ever get made.
The screenwriter of the sequel Seth Grahame-Smith spoke with us back in February with a brief update.
“I wrote the script a few years ago, and it’s one of those where everybody’s schedule has to clear up. The truth is, Michael Keaton has expressed publicly that he be willing to come back, and he’s interested in doing it. I know Tim Burton is interesting in coming back and doing it. We have a script. Now it’s just a matter of when everyone’s schedule aligns and whether the movie gods smile on us or not. I’m still hopeful it gets made,” said Grahame-Smith on the Monkeys Fighting Robots podcast.
Winona Ryder mentioned on late night TV that she was coming back for the sequel, but director Tim Burton has been quiet on the subject over that past few years, not adding fuel to the flames. While promoting his latest film ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,’ Burton couldn’t avoid the subject when talking with Collider.
“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,” said Burton.
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,” said Burton.
Sadly, it looks like you can put ‘Beetlejuice 2’ in the longshot category as it appears it will be a while before it gets made.
The original film starred Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffery Jones, and Winona Ryder.