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For a while in 2014, it seemed that the stars were aligning for Beetlejuice 2, with director Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder seemingly on board for a follow-up to the 1988 fantasy comedy.
However, back in May of this year, Burton stated that “there’s nothing concrete yet”, and now Michael Keaton has indicated that the “ship may have sailed” on the sequel during an interview with Variety.
“No. Zero,” said Keaton when asked if he knows anything about the project. “You always hear things, that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do. It’s possible that ship has sailed. The only way to do it is to do it right. So much of it was improvised and so much was beautifully handmade by the artist that is Tim Burton. If you can’t get close to that, you leave it alone. »
- Gary Collinson
You’d be forgiven for losing track of the long-rumored Beetlejuice 2. For years now, key members of the original creative team – Tim Burton included – have entertained the idea of pushing on with a sequel on multiple occasions, resulting in an archive of conflicting reports and unfounded rumors.
For that vocal minority pining for a bona fide follow-up, it’s disappointing – frustrating, even. But according to Michael Keaton, it’s very possible that that ship has now sailed.
When pressed on the matter during an interview with Variety, the Oscar-winner claimed that Beetlejuice ought to be left alone in fear that any continuation would ruin what he considers to be a “sacred, beautifully handmade” experience.
“The only way to do it is to do it right. So much of it was improvised and so much was beautifully handmade by the artist that is Tim Burton. If you can’t get close to that, »
- Michael Briers
For the past several years now, Warner Bros. and everyone involved have gone back and forth on Beetlejuice 2. The studio got the ball rolling in 2011 when they hired Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to write, and since then, Tim Burton, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton have all weighed in every so often with varying degrees of optimism about the movie […]
- Angie Han
In the last year or so, there has been a bit of a rollercoaster when it comes to news regarding a sequel to Tim Burton's beloved 1988 film, Beetlejuice. First there were reports that the sequel was a "Go," which caused a stir online that led to people getting really excited.
Fan-made 'Beetlejuice 2' poster.
But then, in subsequent months, both Burton and Beetlejuice star Winona Ryder came forward with comments that were variations of, "It could happen, but- as of now- it's not" and "I never said it's happening, and I doubt it will."
"No. Zero," Keaton said, when Variety asked if he'd heard anything official lately about a Beetlejuice 2. "You always hear things, that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Back in the spring, Michael Keaton was the subject of much “will-he/won’t-he” talk after word began to spread that he was signing on to play one of the villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He eventually accepted Marvel’s invitation, presumably so everyone could watch Bruce Wayne crash a high school dance. Of course, the speculation over this project hasn’t been quite on the same level as that of the decades-long discussion of a Beetlejuice sequel. Just last summer, Winona Ryder said she was at liberty to confirm the movie was in the works, figuring that if Tim Burton could do it, there was no reason she couldn’t.
That seemed like a good indication that the sequel would happen, but earlier this year, Burton’s rep had to issue a statement refuting the rumors that Beetlejuice 2 was in production. The disavowal wasn’t exactly the final nail »
- Danette Chavez
Mike Cecchini Simon Brew Jul 28, 2016
It looks like Beetlejuice 2 might not be happening after all...
If Independence Day: Resurgence has taught us anything it's that the idea of a belated sequel isn't as welcome as studio executives might think. That film's box office take is notably down on the original, and opinion has been firmly divided on the new movie.
It's a shame that Tim Burton, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and friends never got Beetlejuice 2 together when it was first mooted (the cool and spooky animated series that followed is worth checking out, though). In the aftermath of Beetlejuice's success, there were plans to put together Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian after all. It never happened of course, although in recent times, there's finally been concentrated talk of a Beetlejuice sequel. But even that has now been thrown into doubt by the man who played the title role, Michael Keaton. »
Director Tim Burton has long trafficked in stories about mysterious outsiders who have strange abilities that lead them to great (and often pretty scary) things, all in service to some major cinematic achievements. From “Edward Scissorhands” to “Frankenweenie” to “Big Fish” and everything in between, weird and imaginative stories and characters are Burton’s bag, and his latest offering, a big screen take on the popular Ya “Miss Peregrine’s” series from author Ransom Riggs, fits that bill perfectly.
Read More: Tim Burton Wants To Visit ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’
The story follows young Jake (Asa Butterfield) who discovers “clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, [and] he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine‘s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, »
- Kate Erbland
Have you heard? Sequels haven’t been doing so hot this year. And yet there’s no end to them in sight. After the jump: How is Jurassic World 2 protecting its secrets? James Wan says The Conjuring 3 will be set in the 1980s. Yes, Winona Ryder still wants a Beetlejuice sequel. Iron Sky 3 is happening thanks to China. […]
- Angie Han
Our friends over at Collider recently caught up with actress Winona Ryder to get an update on the sequel to Beetlejuice, and it’s just more of the same. “I don’t really know what’s going on with that. Obviously, it was… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Bill And Ted 3
The three titles above have gone through the rumor mill since long before we signed onto AOL and heard "You've Got Mail" and the internet became the place for geeks to discuss their favorite movies. Ghostbusters 3 almost happened, but never did. Beetlejuice 2 almost happened, but didn't. Bill And Ted 3 is in that unique spot where it could happen, because the logistical hurdle of getting the core team on board has already been completed, but will only happen once all the stars align- i.e. script, funding, etc.
As we now know, Ghostbusters 3 will never happen now, as the property has been rebooted. But what about Beetlejuice 2? Will it get the reboot treatment? Will it get a true sequel? Does anyone involved even want to make it? Well, it sounds like Beetlejuice 2 falls somewhere between those other two properties. Similar to Ghostbusters 3, it isn't happening. But similar to Bill And Ted 3, it actually could.
So Beetlejuice, fittingly, is in purgatory.
The reason I say it could happen, is that- similar to B&T 3, the originators would totally come back. Tim Burton has said he would do it. Michael Keaton has said he would do it. Winona Ryder has said she would do it. And, depending on who you ask, the film was said to officially be in development earlier this year. Burton, however, squashed that rumor shortly after it hit the net.
Here's what Burton told Collider last month:
"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."
"I don’t really know what’s going on with that. Obviously, it was an iconic film. The only way it could really ever be done is with Tim [Burton] and Michael[Keaton]. I don’t know. There’s something that really resonates with all ages, with that film. It’s interesting. I think it would be great if it happened, if it was the right circumstances. Gosh, you know you’re getting older when they’re making TV shows, sequels or plays for things that you did. It’s very flattering and very humbling, indeed."
So the film is still basically in some sort of holding pattern. As Burton said, the first one wasn't a movie that screamed for a sequel, and it's likely that we won't get a Beetlejuice 2 until Burton, Keaton, and Ryder see a script that blows the doors off of the place. If that ever even happens.
We're basically at one "Beetlejuice." A great script would be a second "Beetlejuice." That would set the stage for the third (and final!)...."Bee-"
Nah, I won't say it. Don't wanna jinx it.
Mario-f. Robles Psyched! Freakin' Finally seeing #XMenApocalypse tonight. It's in 3D, which blows. But it'll do. about 19 hours ago »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Not every film needs a sequel. Sometimes we find this out the hard way, when successful movies are granted follow-ups that really don’t match up to the heights of the original (The Matrix, anyone?).
Other movies, however, really did deserve sequels – either because it felt like they had a lot of story left to tell, or because the end of the film promised more to come – and never ended up getting one.
One sequel that’s being discussed right now is Beetlejuice 2, which would see Michael Keaton and Tim Burton return to their 1980s cult horror comedy. No one seems quite sure if the film will actually happen yet, but it’s certain that fans of the movie are hoping the belated sequel will eventually materialize.
But what about those films whose proposed sequels were outright ditched, even though they showed a lot of promise? Here, we take »
- Christian Bone
For the past couple of years, there’s been a rumor every few months claiming that the long-gestating sequel to Beetlejuice is about to move ahead. The last one came in March of this year and was quickly debunked, and now Tim Burton has revealed to Collider that while he’s keen on the movie, there are no firm plans in place for Beetlejuice 2 at present.
“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,” states Burton, who directed the first movie back in 1988. “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 Keaton’s amazing as that character, so we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet. »
- Gary Collinson
Things have been quiet on the Beetlejuice 2 front for a while, and given the latest update from director Tim Burton, it may be a bit more time before we hear anything again. Burton is currently putting the finishing touches to Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, and his next project may well be Disney’s live action take on Dumbo.
But there is still chatter about Beetlejuice 2, and Burton has been giving an update to Collider.
“It’s something that I’m interested in”, he admitted, but noted that there were lots of stories online about “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. »
We’ve been hearing bits and pieces of news regarding Beetlejuice 2 for a few years now. Back in 2012, director Tim Burton was waiting to see how Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg‘s script turned out, saying he’d keep an “open mind” about directing the sequel. The director’s interest in the project has significantly risen over the years, but […]
- Jack Giroux
It seems that every year there's renewed hope that a "Beetlejuice" sequel will finally get off the ground, but as more and more time passes, the prospect of the follow-up actually materializing looks grimmer and grimmer. Now, director Tim Burton has given an update on the proposed project, and while he's still interested in making it happen one day, he has some sobering news for fans: It's not happening yet.
That was the gist of Burton's response when asked about "Beetlejuice 2" by Collider in a recent interview. While the director told the site that he has the support of his original stars, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, all the stories that have churned through Hollywood's rumor mill over the years about the sequel's many alleged stops and starts are just not true. (And no, he isn't trading in Keaton for frequent collaborator Johnny Depp, either.)
"This is the thing, »
- Katie Roberts
In the 28 years since Beetlejuice first hit theaters, fans have been clammoring for a sequel. Over the past few years, there have been a number of exciting developments, with Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder reportedly set to return as the title character and Lydia Deetz, with original Beetlejuice director Tim Burton returning to direct Beetlejuice 2 from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Still, we haven't heard anything official about the movie actually moving forward into production, and it seems that may not happen anytime soon.
The last we heard about this sequel was back in March, when Tim Burton revealed that Warner Bros. has approved the script and greenlit the production, with Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder and other unspecified cast members set to return. The filmmaker revealed that everything was ready, and they just needed to start filming, but it was unclear when that may take place. »
Earlier this year, Tim Burton allegedly confirmed that production had begun on the Seth Grahame-Smith-penned Beetlejuice 2, though he quickly clarified that he never actually said such a thing. So does that mean the long-awaited sequel is officially off the… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
It seems like Beetlejuice fans need not worry about an unnecessary sequel to the beloved film. Despite the frequent rumors regarding the flick, it sounds like director Tim Burton is in no real rush to get a Beetlejuice 2 film underway -- though that's not to say a sequel will never happen. In a recent interview with Collider, the director gave what will likely be the definitive answer for the foreseeable future on when we'll be getting a Beetlejuice 2.
Here's what Burton had to say:
“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, »
- Joseph Medina
Word of a follow-up to the cult 1988 horror flick has been doing the rounds for years at this point, with the latest development emerging when Seth Grahame-Smith penned a treatment of the screenplay, fuelling speculation that Burton was ready to get the gang back together – i.e. Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder – and push on with a bona fide sequel.
Alas, the director has now cooled talks that Beetlejuice 2 was nearing development, revealing to Collider that “it’s not a kind of movie that cries out” for the sequel treatment.
- Michael Briers
I honestly can’t think of a sequel I’d be more interested in seeing than Beetlejuice 2. Yes, I’ve made it clear on a number of occasions that I’m not the biggest fan of director Tim Burton’s work after the 90’s, aside from Big Fish. But the thought of Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton reprising their […] »
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