Beetlejuice fans should prepare themselves, yet again, for disappoint. We have heard repeatedly over the years that we would be getting a sequel and, for a brief moment last year, we had a brief confirmation that maybe, just maybe, the sequel to Beetlejuice was finally going to happen. Unfortunately, it is looking likely that we are not going to get a Beetlejuice 2. Recently, in an interview with Variety, Michael Keaton addressed the rumors of what was really happening with the supposed Beetlejuice sequel and confirmed our worst nightmares:
“It’s possible that ship has sailed. The only way to do it is to do it right,” he says. “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 references remakes of other classic movies, noting, “There are certain movies that are like Indian burial grounds. You never ride over them. Bad s— happens if you cross that. You don’t touch certain things. They are sacred.”
Most of us can agree that Beetlejuice has a special place in our hearts and, in some ways, it is probably best to not have its legacy be tampered with. And considering the amount of projects Michael Keaton, Tim Burton, and Winona Ryder are working on at the moment, scheduling wise it would be near impossible to have the film shot in the next couple of years. At that point, it will probably not be worth it for producers to invest in trying to create a sequel despite a desire from fans due to the age of the actors and due to Tim Burton’s inconsistency as a marketable director.
What do you think about this latest news? Were you expecting the rumors to be true? What are your opinions on Michael Keaton’s statements surrounding how certain movies should be untouched? Tweet me @birdiesrunamok and let me know your thoughts.