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Speaking to IGN while doing press for his upcoming film Big Eyes, the esteemed filmmaker revealed that all the parts appear to be in place, and how eager he is to revisit Michael Keaton’s reanimated character.
“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 only question is, will Beetlejuice 2 be primed as a direct sequel? Previous reports have stated that Burton’s follow-up would take place a full 27 years after the events of the original, »
- Michael Briers
The Important News The Critics Choice Awards nominations were announced. Meanwhile, President Obama named Boyhood as his favorite movie of 2014. Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy or Ken Watanabe will play the Ancient One in Doctor Strange. Viola Davis joined the cast of Suicide Squad. Tim Burton still plans to direct the Beetlejuice sequel and will bring Winona Ryder back. Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is reprising his role from Ferris Bueller's Day Off for a TV show. Top Five gave Chris Rock his best opening ever, screen average-wise. Tom Hanks might star in the Dave Eggars adaptation The Circle. Steven Spielberg cast a 10-year-old newcomer for his adaptation of The Bfg. Robert Rodriguez is moving...
- Christopher Campbell
"Almost inconceivably, the director of such macabre fantasies as Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas manages to turn his subject's populist kitsch into a humdrum, paint-by-numbers portrait of midcentury Americana," writes Matt Brennan, reviewing Tim Burton's Big Eyes at Slant. For Variety's Justin Chang, Amy Adams’s "affecting performance" as artist Margaret Keane is countered by "an outlandish, ogre-like turn from Christoph Waltz that increasingly seems to hold the movie hostage." We're collecting more reviews, video and overviews of Burton's career. » - David Hudson »
Matthew McConaughey may have had a McConaissance, but Michael Keaton is having a renaissance of his own this year. The actor best known for playing Beetlejuice and Batman won the People Magazine Award for Movie Performance of the Year - Actor for his role in the dark comedy Birdman. "I am extremely appreciative. I can't believe my fans hung in there this long and I am grateful to anyone who has ever given me a helping hand," said Keaton, 63, as he took the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday night. "I'm going to buy Jeff »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
When a major filmmaker decides to tell a story about a renowned artist, one expects that the director is painting a kind of self-portrait. That is the case with Mike Leigh’s splendid, thrillingly acted Mr. Turner (also out this month), and that may also be true for Tim Burton’s latest film, Big Eyes. Take a glance at Margaret Keane’s sweet, painted children with their milky, enveloping, entrancing eyes, and you get a feeling of sadness and youthful wonder, as well as a bit of kitsch – all factors omnipresent in Burton’s offbeat fantasies, films like Beetlejuice and Big Fish.
However, Burton is no longer such a gauche visionary, his films more about the inventiveness of their atmosphere than the depth of the performances in them. Big Eyes’ opening credit sequence, which shows several of Keane’s paintings going through a press to make thousands of copies, could »
- Jordan Adler
Tim Burton is currently promoting his "Big Eyes" movie and is getting lots of questions about the upcoming "Beetlejuice" sequel, which Burton just confirmed that he will return to direct. He went on to say that the sequel will not only bring back Michael Keaton, but also Winona Ryder. "Those kinds of elements mean something to me," Burton explained. "Michael, and [Ryder]... and that character, I just miss it, there's some freedom about that character that I love." Burton recently said that the script is "closer than ever." But it's still not clear when filming is planned for. »
For whatever reason I'm still pretty excited for Beetlejuice 2. Maybe it's the uptick in Tim Burton's quality of work in recent years. After hitting a creative nadir with Alice In Wonderland (what a mindfuck it has to be when your worst movies are the most successful ones financially and your best ones, like Ed Wood, bomb the hardest) I actually really enjoyed Frankenweenie quite a bit. And I hear good things about Big Eyes, so I'm considering the possibility that Burton has his mojo back after a few fallow years. Burton recently spoke about the script for Beetlejuice 2 (written by Seth Grahame-Smith) calling it "pretty good." Which I hope is code for "great" since Burton is promising that this movie will happen. Also confirmed? Winona Ryder (though that's really nothing new). Pretty much confirmed? Michael Keaton. Hit the jump for more on Beetlejuice 2. I wouldn't worry »
- Evan Dickson
Director Tim Burton has been making the press rounds of late to promote his new film Big Eyes, which arrives on Christmas Day, and he has also been offering new details on the highly-anticipated Beetlejuice 2. The director revealed just yesterday that the project is closer than ever to happening, while star Michael Keaton said that he wants to make sure the script is just right before returning as the Ghost With the Most. During a new interview with MTV, Tim Burton confirmed that he is set to direct, and that another original Beetlejuice star, Winona Ryder, will be back as Lydia Deetz. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below, when asked if the actress will be returning.
"Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah. I worked with [Ryder], I hadn't seen her in awhile, and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. »
While talking to MTV News, the director was asked whether Ryder would have a part in the long-awaited sequel.
"Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah," he said. "Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah."
Burton explained that working with Ryder on a recent music video for The Killers helped spark the decision to go ahead with the cast.
He said: "I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there's some freedom about that character that I love."
Burton also said that he would love to direct Beetlejuice 2, simply saying: "Oh yeah."
At the beginning of the year, Michael Keaton confirmed he was in talks with Burton over the sequel.
"I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, »
We’ve been hearing about a Beetlejuice sequel since 2010 when Michael Keaton said that he wanted it to happen. Four years later the actor says that he’s still up for it. The script for the sequel is being developed by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and director Tim Burton made it a top priority of his.
ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to talk with Burton while he was doing press for his upcoming movie Big Eyes. During the interview they asked him about the long-discussed sequel to Beetlejuice, and this is what he told them:
“It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.”
It’s great »
- Joey Paur
Continuing doing press for "Big Eyes," filmmaker Tim Burton spoke with Yahoo UK and was asked about the possibility of him returning to the superhero genre. He reveals that there might be another film of that type in him but he's not sure. He's also concerned about people getting sick of the current dominance of the genre:
"Marvel, they have their thing and there's a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working, but how many times can you say 'you're wearing a funny costume' with the tights and stuff? That's been going on for twenty years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals.
Maybe we need to see a happy superhero? I think there is [another superhero film in me], but I don't know. You think we need more superhero movies? It keeps on going. It's amazing how long it's been going for and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger. »
- Garth Franklin
Tim Burton has been making the rounds promoting his new movie Big Eyes, and while speaking with MTV News, confirmed Winona Ryder will be back as Lydia Deetz in the planned Beetlejuice sequel. Last year Ryder said she was involved with the project, but it's good to hear the director confirm the actress will return for Beetlejuice 2. Tim Burton and Winona Ryder recently worked together on a music video for The Killers song "Here with Me," and Burton says he was »
- Jesse Giroux
It’s been almost three decades since Tim Burton and Michael Keaton teamed up to delight audiences with their family-friendly horror-comedy Beetlejuice, and more than a year since we last heard anything about a sequel, but the project is still alive and kicking according to Burton. The director is currently out doing promotional appearances for his new feature Big Eyes, but Coming Soon coerced him into shedding some light on where a Beetlejuice sequel currently stands. It’s another bit of good news for fans longing to see the iconic character return to the screen. “It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than...
- Mike Bracken
New Beetlejuice Script In The Works. While Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are currently basking in the warm glow of critical acclaim for their work on Big Eyes and Birdman (respectively), the interest for a new collaboration between the duo is back in the pop culture zeitgeist. During a recent interview, Coming Soon asked [...]
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- Victor Stiff
Is a sequel to the 1988 classic Beetlejuice ever going to actually happen? It’s a question we often find ourselves asking, as it’s one of those projects that has failed to happen more times than we can even count. But… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
It’s been almost three decades since Tim Burton and Michael Keaton teamed up to delight audiences with their family-friendly horror-comedy Beetlejuice, and more than a year since we last heard anything about a sequel, but Burton says the project is still alive and kicking. The director is currently out doing promotional appearances for his new feature Big Eyes, but Coming Soon coerced him into shedding some light on where a Beetlejuice sequel currently stands. It’s another bit...
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It was 1988 when we saw the first incarnation of Tim Burton’s bizarre comedy fantasy Beetlejuice. Now, after over a quarter century and several failed sequel attempts, it appears the likelihood of Michael Keaton resurrecting the legendary character is better than ever.
It was late last year when Winona Ryder all but confirmed that a sequel was indeed in the works. “I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later,” said Ryder. “I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael, because those guys, I love.”
Things died down a bit after that but in February of this year they started swirling again after Keaton mentioned he was in discussions with Burton about potentially bringing Betelgeuse back to the big screen. “I always said that [Beetlejuice] is the one thing I’d like to do again, »
- William Fanelli
Back in March 2013, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith announced that he had started writing the script for Beetlejuice 2. We've heard very little about the project since then, except that original director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton will likely return. While doing press for his upcoming drama Big Eyes, Tim Burton revealed that he is still working on the script, and that it's closer than ever to being ready for production.
"It's a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There's only one Betelgeuse. We're working on a script and I think it's probably closer than ever and I'd love to work with him again."
Seth Grahame-Smith and his writing partner David Katzenberg were first hired to write the script back in September 2011, but it's clear that everyone involved will spend as much time as it takes to get the script just right. Of course, »
It has been nearly three decades since the supernatural comedy classic "Beetlejuice" hit screens, and for a significant portion of that time there have been rumors of a follow-up.
It remained fairly speculative talk until about two years ago when things actually seemed to be heating up and a script seemed to be coming together. On top of that, both director Tim Burton and actor Michael Keaton have seen something of a career resurgence as of late.
Coming Soon spoke with Burton during "Big Eyes" promotional rounds and the filmmaker says the sequel is coming together: "It's a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There's only one Betelgeuse. We're working on a script and I think it's probably closer than ever and I'd love to work with him again." »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Keaton’s success in offbeat dramedy Birdman has led to fresh speculation about the return of another career-defining character, Beetlejuice. A new interview with that movie’s director shows the enthusiasm has far from bitten the dust… by the way he was a little-known ex-Disney animator called Tim Burton:
It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.
Released in 1988, Beetlejuice concerned recently-deceased couple the Maitlands who – unable to scare away the horrifically pretentious couple who have taken over their house – enlist the help of the psychopathic “bio-exorcist” of the title. Burton originally wanted Sammy Davis Jr for the role, but Keaton’s involvement took the project to a whole new level, »
- Steve Palace
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