The Beetlejuice sequel has been rumored since the late Glenn Shadix leaked plans for the “ghost with the most’s” Hawaiian vacation to us over a decade ago.
Over the years we’ve seen all sorts of stories ranging from Tim Burton’s alleged commitment to a sequel, to Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder returning to their respective roles. Every step forward results in a step back, leaving fans wondering if we’ll ever see Betelgeuse back on the big screen.
The biggest question mark, if Warner Bros. were to ever give the green light, is to as whether or not Keaton would reprise his role. While’s he’s been vocally open to it, he’s sort of blowing up all over again, with his latest triumph being the McDonald’s movie, The Founder.
In doing press for the film, EW asked him about Beetlejuice 2, to which he replied, “I don’t know…And I’m not being coy.”
Keaton went on to say there would be a great deal of pressure on a sequel given how special the original is. “I just think it’s like a little piece of art that you better get right if you ever do it again,” he shared. “Otherwise, you just kind of don’t touch it.”
It’s interesting that he’s speaking in terms of development, as if it hasn’t been for the better part of the past decade. He speaks as if they haven’t even started talking about a sequel, or that he literally has no knowledge of what’s been going on internally at Warner Bros. The truth, however, is that they’ve been working on it forever, and even have a draft by Seth Grahame-Smith sitting on their desks as of 2013.
I think an assumption can be made that Beetlejuice 2 isn’t going to happen at this point, although I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. Unless Burton is fully behind it, and Keaton and Ryder give their blessings, I’m not sure I want to see it either.
At the end of the interview, Keaton’s Founder costar B.J. Novak made reference to the film’s legend, joking, “Have you thought about saying ‘Beetlejuice’ three times and seeing if the movie just appears?”
This shit makes my head spin.