Beetlejuice 2 is one of those sequels that has been rumored for years (decades, even), but has yet to come to fruition. However, that may change soon, as Beetlejuice director Tim Burton and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith – who previously collaborated with Burton on Dark Shadows – have put together a fresh script for the project; furthermore, when last he spoke about it, Grahame-Smith indicated that the supernatural comedy may start filming before 2015 draws to a close.
Burton and Grahame-Smith have made it clear that Beetlejuice 2 won’t happen without Michael Keaton reprising as ‘The Ghost with the Most’; meanwhile, Burton also previously indicated that Winona Ryder will reprise her role as Lydia Deetz from the first movie. Ryder has now confirmed the same, though at the same time she admitted to being largely in the dark, regarding the sequel.
Grahame-Smith has reportedly finished his Beetlejuice 2 script, but Ryder noted during her recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers (watch the video below) that she doesn’t know much more about the project than the general public does, at this stage.
Nevertheless, as illustrated by the stories that Ryder shared during her talk with Seth Meyers – where she discussed how, in recent years, she’s encountered Beetlejuice fans that have ranged from children to TSA personnel – the original movie still has a devoted fanbase, even twenty-seven years after its original release; and thus, in turn, the odds seem in favor of Beetlejuice 2 getting an official green-light in the foreseeable future.
Burton has indicated that Keaton and Ryder may be the only returning Beetlejuice cast members in the sequel, but there are other still-living Beetlejuice stars who could feasibly show up (Catherine O’Hara, for example, is still actively acting and she even worked alongside Burton as recently as Frankenweenie (2012)). It appears Keaton would be available to start filming by late 2015 – now that he’s dropped out of the cast for Kong: Skull Island – as would Ryder; Burton’s currently in post-production mode on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but he will be done with that project and (possibly) available to begin shooting Beetlejuice 2 by the end of this year (or early 2016), too.
It currently looks like either Disney’s live-action Dumbo or Beetlejuice 2 should be next for Burton, in terms of his directorial efforts. The hope is that the Beetlejuice sequel (if it’s Burton next movie) would serve as something of a creative rejuvenator for Burton, now that he seems to have gotten some fresh air from having stepped away from the studio system and made the indie biopic Big Eyes back in 2014.
Indeed, Burton has been on an upswing lately, critically-speaking, between the good receptions for Big Eyes and Frankenweenie (2012) alike (their modest box office returns aside). However, until further notice, it’s not clear if Beetlejuice 2 will, in fact, be Burton’s next movie – and thus, the project remains in that nebulous area of pre-production where its ultimate fate has yet to be determined (good or bad).
We’ll bring you more information on Beetlejuice 2 when we have it.
Source: Late Night with Seth Meyers