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Tim Burton Confirms ‘Beetlejuice 2’ is a Go!

Update: A rep reached out to Showbizspy (the original source of the announcement) and stated, “Tim Burton did not confirm ‘Beetlejuice 2’ as the movie is not in development. Tim’s focus is entirely on Miss Preegrine’s Home For Peculiar Children set for a September 30 2016 release and developing Dumbo.

It’s almost 28 years to the day since Tim Burton’s wildly imaginative and bitingly witty horror/comedy Beetlejuice hit theaters and fans have been craving more of “the ghost with the most” ever since. From the brilliant score by Danny Elfman to the Oscar-worthy performance of Michael Keaton as the title character, the movie has become a beloved classic that still deserves all the praise heaped upon it.

While rumblings have been going for a while about a sequel, including a supposed confirmation from Winona Ryder, there hasn’t been a serious green light. That all changes today as Tim Burton has confirmed himself that not only is Beetlejuice 2 confirmed to move ahead, it’s also bringing back Ryder AND Keaton!

Burton tells Showbizspy the following:

The film is a go and has been approved by the Warner Bros. team, we have talked with the cast members we wanted for the film and they are all on board, this includes both Winona and Michael. We have the script in hand everything is in place all we need to do now is get ready to start filming.

No further details were released but this is AMAZING news and I’m beyond excited! If it’s even half as charming as the original, I’ll be happy! I just seriously hope that they keep the practical FX that they did in the first film. To this day, all those visuals make me smile and feel totally immersed in that supernatural phantasmagoria!



  • I Am Colossus

    Interesting enough…….

  • PsychoMantis18

    Please be awesome, please be awesome, please be awesome…

    • gabriel

      you can bet…the trailer will be

  • Terrorize Children.

    This is the best movie news I’ve heard in a while. I pissed myself.

  • gabriel

    hot topic is going to make a killing from this. And it will be from teens who will have to google him to find out who the fuck he is, Fuck them

    • Mehliens

      This ^^

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Ah, it’s about damn time. I hope they bring them all back. Well, everyone who can come back. R.I.P. Otho.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      He was seriously my favorite character.

  • Francesco Falciani

    keaton is a busy man now…and shouldn’t Burton shot DUMBO for Disney first? i can’t see it happening soon.

    • alwayswipetwice

      Some movies roll out pretty quickly and I can’t imagine something like this being too complicated. It’s pretty small scale. Fingers and toes crossed they have stop-motion!

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  • Equinoqs

    There is no way this can end well.

  • silentevil77

    my body is ready

  • Adam Clifton

    I wonder if Beetlejuice is still in the waiting room, holding that real long ticket…

    • concerned citizen

      That would be the perfect cold opening for the movie. Same waiting room decades later just as his number comes up.

      • Adam Clifton

        Yeah lol. Then he gets back to earth and finds that it’s been 28 years and Lydia is grown up

        • Weresmurf

          That’s seriously the only perfect way this movie could open…

      • Lee Stephenson

        now that’s an excellent idea!

  • MrRed

    Now THIS and Star Wars is how beloved films can be brought back – continue the story!! Its not rocket science!!! Ghostbusters and every other unimaginative, hollow reboot, take note!!!

    • Ry

      JJ killed the story. It basically ended with ROTJ AFAIC.

      • MrRed

        JJ didn’t make a great job of the story, agreed. It was a bit meh. But it got the universe up and running again on the big screen.

        • Jaime Lannister

          The story was passable. It was the characters that were awesome, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

      • aaaandI’mBored

        he did huh? fucking news for ya, SW was always lame.

  • the usual suspect

    IT’S SHOW TIME !!!! …………. Hey look! there goes Elvis.

  • Tummple

    Too bad we lost Glenn Shadix, he was so funny in the original. RIP buddy.

  • zid

    I doubt it will be any good. The main reason the first was so brilliant was because the person who came up with the story and who was the principal screenwriter was dealing with stage 4 cancer. The films dark humor had a lot to do with what they were going through. It was a very time, place and people film. The cartoon came close to capturing the feel only it did it by making the comedy a lot more light hearted but that won’t work for a live action film. Not with the same cast, anyways. This is just a cash in and the original doesn’t deserve it. Bring back the cartoon instead.

    • the usual suspect

      The cartoon over a sequel that every fan has been asking for since ’89?? Really???? Like Really??? You can’t be for real??

      • zid

        Because the cartoon was fantastic every season independent of the movie whereas you can’t duplicate cult film magic.

    • alwayswipetwice

      How about both? The inevitable success of this will surely stir some talk about a tv show. Nickelodeon seems to be dipping into their catalog of 90’s greatness anyways, so the time is right.

  • Uter

    This could be good, if someone happens to write an amazing script and they use practical effects. I hope they’re still going with “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.”

  • Mehliens

    I dont trust in Tim Burton even one bit, but to see Michael Keaton one more time in BJ’s makeup makes it worth the try.

    • therightclique

      This. Tim Burton has been a disappointment for so long now.

      • Foxenstein Must Be Destroyed

        is it because he moved on from skeletons and striped clothing?

        • aaaandI’mBored

          BJ better be in the striped suit!

    • alwayswipetwice

      This later part of his career has been spotty for sure, but Big Eyes and Frankenweenie are excellent, and before that Sweeney Todd. I know the hate Charlie gets, but I think it’s a great film. He developed Wonka into a three-dimensional character, which added a great sentiment to the story that we’ve never seen before. And just before that was Big Fish, which is exceptional.

      • Mehliens

        There is a certain ephemeral quality to all his films but to me the appeal to watch them has has become zero. I simply don’t trust him to change that

  • aaaandI’mBored

    too bad rick baker retired 🙁

  • dragonmasta100

    “About 167 times and it keeps getting FUNNIER. EVERY SINGLE TIME. I SEE IT!”

  • Foxenstein Must Be Destroyed

    I remember hearing about beetlejuice 2 back in the 1980’s.

  • Dan Milano

    amazing. mr. burton, just keep using stop motion for these effects! we know you love it and have become even better at it! no need to apply alice in wonderland/charlie chocolate factory cgi

    • alwayswipetwice

      YES. The world needs more stop-motion! It’s the medium where anything imaginable is possible – and it’s real (not cg)!

  • Daniel Anderson

    So it begins. Haven’t cared for tim burton for quite some time. With that said, I’m excited for this.

  • They’re back?

  • Psychnurse84

    So with your update, this whole story is false? Why not just take it down?

    • KennyThaKilla

      I don’t think anyone from this site actually monitors the comments, so your question falls on deaf ears – or blind eyes, as it were.

  • Cole9678

    I hope Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin comes back 🙁

  • Darryl

    Betitle juice say it for about thirty years nothing happened until now.

  • Frank Lloyd Jr.

    I hope they do a reboot instead and hire Amy Schumer to play Beetlejuice. The fanboy butthurt would be EPIC.

    • Mehliens

      All reboots are should be required to be gender swapped xD

      • Frank Lloyd Jr.

        Escape From New York starring Megan Fox as Snake Plissken.

        • Alanmac

          I’d be up for that if she wears the same tank top throughout.

  • aaaandI’mBored

    **** I have it on good authority that the lost soul’s room comes into play in the sequel ****

  • Wow! As long as Burton remained in practical visuals – aka Sleepy Hollow, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands and not the overblown madness of “Alice”, this could be awesome! Keaton and Ryder are on board? Brilliant!

  • Evan3

    Tim Burton is so bad now that I have very little faith in a sequel. All the more so given how mediocre to terrible the long-gestating sequel trend has been (see: Zoolander, SIn city, Kick-Ass, Anchorman).

    Beetlejuice was so daring and I really doubt burton has it in him to do a film like beetlejuice anymore.

  • Darren Bellisle

    The only way I will accept this is if Noni plays the *original* dark-moodyesque version of Lydia, not the shite-eating happy version from the end of the first one. She’s also welcome to spend as much time flying around the room as she likes.

  • Mr.Be.A.Dick

    Id rather watch a porn parody of this instead

  • Uter

    There are few movies as unique and incredibly interesting/well executed as Beetlejuice. I really hate to see the original tarnished. Maybe there will be a miracle and it will turn out decent but the odds are against it.

    There are so few remakes/sequels that are worth anything. I don’t know what it takes. I know there are a lot of very talented people out there and all I’m left to believe is that they never get a chance on something like this – the things that should IMO be left to people who are passionate about the work. I’m positive there is someone out there who could nail this, but we’ll never find out for sure…

  • KennyThaKilla

    After the update, it seems Showbizspy is a bunch of liars.

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