Tim Burton Confirms His Interest In Directing ‘Beetlejuice 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 22nd, 2013 at 8:06 am,

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When word popped up in 2011 that Beetlejuice 2 was once again being actively developed, there was one question on pretty much everybody’s mind: Will actor Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton be willing (or even remotely interested) in returning for the supernatural comedy sequel?

Screenwriters David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have announced their intention to get Keaton to reprise his role as the eponymous ghoul, especially since the new Beetlejuice flick will be a semi-sequel (and not a reboot). However, it’s not really been clear what role Burton is playing in the film’s development.

The Gothic director has been impressively busy as of late, producing this summer’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and directing two films for release in 2012: the Dark Shadows movie and a stop-motion adaptation of his 1984 short, Frankenweenie. In a recent interview with MTV, Burton admitted that his next directorial project is not yet set – as a quick look around the Interwebz and tallying of all the movies to which Burton is said to be “loosely attached” will tell you.

However, on the topic of him possibly directing (or, rather, “doing”) a new Beetlejuice movie, Burton told the site:

“Yes. I love that character, and Michael [Keaton] is so great in it. I always think about how great and fun that character was, so I just said to ['Dark Shadows' writer] Seth [Grahame-Smith], ‘If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I’ll look at it freshly.’ In the past, I tried some things, but that was way back when. He seemed really excited about it… Michael was so great in it. I’m sure he’d strangely tap right back into [the role].”

That past attempt to bring Beetlejuice back to the big screen that Burton is referencing is the semi-infamous Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian that was being planned in the early 1990s, with Jonathan Gems (Mars Attack!) penning the script; for better or for worse, that project never materialized. The only major Beetlejuice spinoff that has been produced to date is the Burton-created animated series, which ran from 1989-91.

Odd though it may seem, Beetlejuice 2 would be (somewhat) unusual territory for Burton, seeing how Batman Returns is the only sequel he’s directed. Burton’s visual style remains as darkly demented and strange as ever, so the Beetlejuice sequel would benefit from having him onboard as director, in that regard. Plus, the man’s storytelling abilities are usually at their strongest when he’s not just “re-imagining” a famous tale that’s been told before.

That is to say: so long as Katzenberg and Smith can concoct an ingenious narrative for Beetlejuice 2 that’s good enough to convince both Keaton and Burton to officially commit to the project, this film has the potential to turn out pretty well. As always, we shall just have to wait and see what happens next…

Source: MTV

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  1. I wonder if winona ryder will return as well and i wouldn’t mind seeing a dream team sequel for all you older heads who remember that one with the four mental patients starring micheal keaton.That movie was hilarious.

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  2. I can’t remember the animated series all that well anymore but know i liked it when it was on. If Keaton & Ryder were to reprise their roles, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get some ideas or use characters from the animated series.

  3. Considering Beetlejuice was Burton’s last original idea I’d say this was really really expected.

    • Dude, again, I ask: why exactly don’t Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride (all based on ideas originally conceived by Burton) count?

    • Haha are you serious? ‘Beetlejuice’ was one of his first “original ideas”… ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Corpse Bride’ – all of these excellent and original ideas by Tim Burton… I smell a troll.

      • I thought “The Corpse Bride” was based on an old book/fairytale!?

    • Actually the story is by Michael McDowell & Larry Wilson. McDowell & Warren Skaaren did the screenplay.

      • So let’s scratch Corpse Bride off that supposed Burton-list….

        let’s see – The Nightmare Before Christmas was produced (not directed) and co-written (not written) by Burton.

        So that’s two off your list…

        So Edward Scissorshands is your defense of Burton and his slide into lame remakes?

        • Have you looked at the movies directors make? Barely any of them are orignal ideas. Look at spielberg jaws and jurassic park are both novels. Close encounters mite be his only original idea. Christopher nolans only original idea is inception. Peter jackson has 0 original ideas. So your argument really isn’t that much of a suprise.

          • @ trey

            Some people have said before the concept of Inception isn’t original if that kind of idea been seen in Duck Tales?

            • LOL Ducktales

            • I have heard that lol but still its original to the big screen, ill give him credit for taking a stupid cartoon and making a great movie

              • @ trey

                I never saw the the on Ducktales whether it was a cartoon or comic, can’t rememmber which. Anyways i think those people were pointing to fact that Nolan wasn’t the first to think up that kind of story. He was only to the first who made a film of it. Imo, i wouldn’t think much of the Ducktales idea & Inception wasn’t that great of a movie to me.

              • Whoa, whoa, whoa. Ducktales is NOT stupid. Treasure of the Lost Lamp is a classic if you can find it. “Ducktales, woo-ooo!!!”

          • Which remakes did Nolan do? Or Jackson? Or Spielberg?

            • I’m not saying they did remakes but they have no original ideas they r based off books

            • Nolan: Insomnia.

  4. Winona is milfy enough to play the mother role now, perhaps with a daughter who will take her original role. Keaton is probably still bats**t crazy enough to pull off BeetleJuice again. But i dunno, the original film was so classic I wouldn’t want to see this done just for the hell of it – a great script is essential as the driving factor.

  5. ONLY if Michael Keaton stars. Sure, he’s a little older, but no one will know under the makeup.

    • Agreed. Anyone else playing him wouldn’t so it justice. I’m confident Keaton could still do it at his age no problem. Also if Burton directed it, it could be a great sequel

    • Yes, that is true. The makeup already made him look old in the first movie, so there will probably be no noticable difference in the second movie, if he should hopefully return in beetlejuice 2.

  6. Great, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp again…

    • Please no?

      • Please Recycle Actors

        • That’s not much diffrent than the guy who did the breakfest club reusing actors. Even christopher nolan likes to recycle actors.

  7. Beetle juice is my favourite film. If this has Keaton in then I’m there. I hope Beetle juice doesn’t become the main character of the sequel, he’s only in the original for about 19 mins(or something) and that’s what make him hilarious!

  8. Gina Davis’ and Alec Baldwin’s character should at least make a cameo. Gina Davis could use the work, but I doubt Alec Baldwin would be game. Maybe get his brother Daniel Baldwin instead.

  9. Would be great to see Baldwin, Wynona, and Geena Davis again in the cast, not to mention Lydia’s parents who are both great, credible and funny actors. May be TOO much having everyone back, but I still would love to see a movie that can capture greatness even after the time period has passed, like how Beetlejuice was to the late 80s.

    I want to see a director who can juggle with how tastes have changed over the past 20 years and still get the best out of an original cast. Tron Legacy was pretty close for me. I still think it can be done even better. I’m holding out with Lucas with a future Star Wars 7,8, and 9 but God knows how that could go….

  10. I want Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones in this. Robert Goulet would’ve been nice. *sigh*

  11. I hope this is “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.” (Google it)

  12. this is my favorite movie hands down ,point blank ent, so if they can do it right then im game but i still dont see the need for it to happen. and to bad we cant get Otho for a cameo.

  13. They could bring back everyone for this cast except for Gina Davis and Alec Baldwin. They are dead. They don’t age. So they can’t play. I would love to see this movie made. Michael Keaton needs another good movie. Since Batman Returns he has only had one semi-hit movie. I would love to see him as the “Ghost with the Most” again. Besides, if they don’t get Keaton and Ryder then we will have to deal with Depp and Bonham-Carter. That would just suck.

    • thats a great point, I forgot about the fact that they don’t age. I wonder if that could factor into the movie though that Beetlejuice stirs up something in the other dimension that causes all ghost to start aging, kinda like how he did that in the first one when they started falling apart. I really liked Davis and Baldwin together.

  14. I would love to see this come to fruition if, in fact, they can get Keaton on board again. Wouldn’t mind seeing the rest of the original cast, although there are a few problems: Glenn Shaddix, who played Otho, died, and Jeffrey Jones is in prison for kiddie porn.
    But I wouldn’t mind seeing Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis back. Although, this raises a question: Baldwin has certainly put on the pounds since Beetlejuice, and if he is back as a ghost, wouldn’t he have to look exactly the same? Ghosts don’t gain weight.

  15. My god why do I get the feeling sharlto copley (District 9, The A team) whould make an awesome deranged dead guy?

  16. HELL YEAH!!! What’s taken so long. The first movie should be classified among the all american classics

  17. As long as Burton casts Tim Curry as Beetlejuice’s father, I’m all for this.

  18. YES! FINALLY!!! AAAAWWESOME!!! I cant believe it took that long for a beeetlejuice sequel!!!

  19. Having gone to high school with Mike (Keaton), he can pull this off no problem. I think the original cast would be excellent, using some screen ruse
    to solve the age thing. So what if it is years later? Beetlejuice is waiting to be remade!

  20. “Beetlejuice-Beetlejuice-Beetlejuice!”

  21. Please let me know any up dates. Also. Any.new movies coming out thank you

  22. My kids have always loved Tim’s films and have always hoped for sequels with 8 kids n three still in my home not old enough to be on there own yet they still hope to see sequels as well as me and my husband so here’s to Tim and the crew members who have worked so hard on his films :)