Tim Burton to Direct ‘Beetlejuice 2’?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 20th, 2013 at 7:33 am,

Michael Keaton at Beetlejuice Tim Burton to Direct Beetlejuice 2?

Before Tim Burton was known for bringing Batman to the big screen, he made his name directing weird, offbeat comedies. First came Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, which was Burton’s debut film, paving the way for the even weirder Beetlejuice in 1988. Now, more than twenty years later, fan interest in a sequel remains high.

The last we heard about Beetlejuice 2, screenwriters David Katzenberg (producer of the Gremlins and It remakes) and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) were still working on it, with Grahame-Smith saying it was still a reality. Not only did the project have Tim Burton’s blessing and the apparent interest of original stars Winona Ryder and Geena Davis, (with Michael Keaton’s involvement still up in the air), but when asked a year ago if Burton would want to direct it, his answer was yes.

Now, according to Schmoes Know (via Comic Book Movie), Tim Burton definitely wants to direct the sequel. The major caveat here: Schmoes Know‘s “VERY RELIABLE” source is unnamed and unknown, but according to them:

“…we can happily confirm that Tim Burton IS looking to direct the sequel himself. No word yet on scheduling or if the movie is near a green light in the development phase. What we know is that Burton wants to do both ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ and the new ‘Beetlejuice.’ “

Until this rumor surfaced, there had been zero rumblings in the film blogosphere about any of this. With Burton’s last effort, the 3D animated Frankenweeniehe regained some of the goodwill that the hollow spectacle of Dark Shadows had squandered.

Beetlejuice in the waiting room Tim Burton to Direct Beetlejuice 2?

The director’s next project is the (relatively) low-budget art-world biopic Big Eyes, which has so far been flying under the radar. With this in mind, the notion of Burton returning to Beetlejuice universe is less unthinkable now than it was a couple of years ago, especially if the script is as good as reported… and nowhere near the Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian concept which was originally pitched back in the late ’80s.

Still, there is absolutely no official confirmation from Burton’s camp that he’ll be directing, and while the screenwriters have reportedly tailored the script for Michael “the ghost with the most” Keaton himself, there is no hard confirmation that he’ll return to the role. We were skeptical that this project would ever get off the ground a year ago, and frankly, we’re still skeptical now. A two decades-later revisiting of this classic romp could be worthwhile – and the character had a successful run as an animated series – but the original movie is such a deeply strange and singular experience that a sequel still feels unnecessary.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you want to see a sequel to Beetlejuice.


Beetlejuice 2 is still in development.

Source: Schmoes Know & Comic Book Movie

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  1. Beetlejuice… beetlejuice…. beetlejuice!!!

    • Sounds like bug-spit, looks like my crazed Uncle Whangley. I’ll pass.

      • Watch the movie before you lay judgement.

        • No time to lay judgement..I’m busy doing her sister right now! Sheesh, smile a bit!

    • im soo geeked that they are making all these movies 20 years after the fact. its going to be great. beetlejuice 2, army of darkness 2, new gremlins movie!!!!!!!!!!!!1 im geeked. Normally I think that Hollywood makes a bunch of crap movies but these are going to be great. now all we need is a ghostbusters 3 and up in smoke 2 and we will be set

      • Plus, Dumb and Dumber To is now filming, and there is supposed to be Legend of Conan as well.

        Finally, it appears that Hollywood is beginning to understand that many people prefer sequels, with the original actors, to reboots, with shirtless teenagers.

        • No, sorry, nobody cares about Dumb and Dumber To…

          At least not at the level of Beetlejuice 2, Legend of Conan, and Army of Darkness 2…

          • Ah, just because you may not does not mean that “nobody” cares…

            If that were true, the movie would not be made.

          • LOL. People actually DO care about Dumb and Dumber To, or it would not be getting made, Even Jim Carrey is coming back.. 20 years after he did Ace Venture: When Nature Calls.. his ONLY sequel. EVER. Until now.

      • Up in Smoke 2 WILL never happen. Cheech hates Chong with a passion. Maybe if a HUGE amount of money was being offered, but even with that sizable carrot being held out I very much doubt an Up in Smoke 2 will be made.

        • They don’t HATE each other. They did a tour in 2012, I believe, and released an animated film together. You can’t assume something when you haven’t looked into it. 😛

        • Loved that scene!

          • That was always one of my favorite parts of The movie

  2. Shut up and take my money!!!!

    • RIGHT!!!!!

  3. I’ll only watch if Micheal Keaton reprises his role as Beetlejuice.

    That said i’m down for a sequel.

    • That is the plan. Let’s hope it happens!

  4. I seen Beetlejuice 167 times. And it keeps getting funnier,everytime I see it. Now what do you think? Think im qualified?

    • I think the Beetlejuice you saw was splatter on your windshield of your car from driving through buggy areas. Either that or you just cleaned out your bug-zapper!

      • You do know I changed some words around with some of my own from the movie.

      • I’d rather see another one of the 3 Stooges remakes. The first one was actually pretty good. Beetlejuice does not sound like my type of humor.

  5. Uhmm… Screen Rant, you wrote Shmoes Know, not Schmoes Know.

  6. So Schmoes Know is sponsored by CBM and all of a sudden they have sources and are using CBM as a platform to post them? This reeks of garbage since I’ve never heard of Schmoes Know before and the past week they are now publishing that they have sources.

    • I’ve heard of Schmoes Know for a long, long time. They are pretty well known. Just saying.

      • Doesn’t mean they have sources to break news. If they did, then I would’ve heard of them before. I’d take everything they say as speculation and rumor until proven otherwise.

  7. I approve of keaton being cast.

    • No one else could do a better job!

  8. Funny when you think Michael Keaton got the role of Batman after playing a character that looked like the Joker.

  9. Hmm.

    Burton, Ryder and Keaton have all been saying for years they’d love to do a sequel. They had a script written, then scrapped when Burton made Batman Returns instead, then rewritten two more times, the latter time being a script that Burton and Keaton loved and said they’d use if they did a sequel.

    What I’ve just read here seems to continue the trend of “I’d love to do it” without any hint of action to make it actually happen.

  10. YES!!! I’ve been waiting ro the sequel since I first saw it as a small child!

    • Yes for me also.

  11. I`ll pass, never was a fan

  12. Hell yeah – do it to it!!

    …but only if Keaton will return to the role – otherwise forget it.

  13. one of my favorite movies as a kid but there shouldn’t be a sequel.

    btw i can’t stand Tim Burton movies, he’s a terrible director.

    • Agreed though he does have some nuggets under his belt. Unlike M Knight who only has one and a lot of dogs.

  14. From many interviews I’ve read on this I thought Michael Keaton has bed always enthusiastic about depriving this role. I sure hope so though. I don’t think I could watch it without him being beetlejuice. Winona Ryder would be a plus as well. It just wouldn’t be the same without them.

  15. I wonder if he will get Johnny Depp to dress up in different costumes as he films him?

    I wonder if it will be colorful and eerie at the same time?

    I think Ill pass on this one.

    • Johnny Dipp is in this? Oh, now I know I will pass…pass the barf=bag!

      • He is in every Tim Burton film… It would not surprise me at all.

  16. Ok then I want Keaton as Batman again too!!!

  17. few know that the original movie was all about being gay in west virginia. i suspect the second will also feature gay themes.

  18. I hear Ben Affleck is going to be Betelgeuse this time around……

    • NO! he’ll ruin this just like he’ll ruin SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN! we need Mr. Keaton to reprise his role as the “ghost with the most”

  19. “Tim Burton’s last few films performed under expectations, so he wants to make a sequel to one of his earlier successes. I understand that.”–The Farrelly Brothers on the set of ‘Dumb and Dumber To’.

  20. I hope the writer and Tim Burton remember to keep Beetlejuice a VILLAIN. A lot of people I know forget that he was the bad guy because his performance was so awesome. Beetlejuice should be the villain that you can’t help but love, or at least an anti-hero.

    • Tim Spurton…hate him, too, along with Depp…what they did to Dark Shadows was a travesty, and that is only for starters! Ban them both from movies!

  21. No Keaton = No Beetlejuice.