For the past several months, there have been conflicting reports and news surrounding the possibility of a second Beetlejuice film. There were rumors that the film was a go only for director Tim Burton to issue a statement that it’s way too early for anything concrete. Winona Ryder, who played Lydia Deetz in the original 1988 film, keeps saying in interviews that she’s hearing rumblings of it moving forward but nothing seems to bear fruit. Now we’re getting word from “The Ghost with the Most” himself, Michael Keaton.
In an interview with Variety, Keaton explains, “…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.”
He then goes on to say something that I think resonates with a lot of us horror fans when it comes to our opinions on remakes, reboots, and seemingly unnecessary sequels.
“There are certain movies that are like Indian burial grounds. You never ride over them. Bad shit happens if you cross that. You don’t touch certain things. They are sacred.”
At this point, I think we need to start considering Beetlejuice 2 a lost cause. That doesn’t mean we won’t stop bringing news however if it points to the other direction.