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Beetlejuice 2 Updates: Will The Sequel Finally Happen?

It's been a long time since audiences last saw the ghost with the most, but is long-awaited sequel Beetlejuice 2 ever going to happen? Beetlejuice was the movie that cemented Tim Burton as one of the most distinctive filmmakers in Hollywood. The 1988 movie was a blend of horror flick and pitch-black comedy, mixed with Burton’s unique visual style. It provided both Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) and Michael Keaton with star-making roles, with Keaton and Burton later reteaming for groundbreaking superhero movie Batman.

Beetlejuice would spawn a long-running animated series, a number of video games and, most recently, a Beetlejuice broadway musical. Despite remaining a cult favorite a sequel still hasn’t happened, despite numerous attempts in the decades since to put one together. Beetlejuice 2 has seemed tantalizingly close a number of times in recent years, with the cast and crew all eager to reunite – but only under the right circumstances.

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Here’s everything we know about Beetlejuice 2 so far.

A Sequel Called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian Almost Happened

Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice Wedding

The success of both Beetlejuice and Batman made Tim Burton a hot property at the beginning of the 1990s, and Beetlejuice 2 was quickly greenlit. Burton hired a writer for a follow-up called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, feeling it would be funny to mesh the gothic, German expressionist stylings of the original with a cheesy beach movie. The rough plot featured the Deetz family moving to Hawaii to open a holiday resort, and needing Beetlejuice’s help when they disturb the burial site of an ancient demon.

While the original cast was committed to returning for Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, Burton and Keaton soon became busy on Batman Returns. Beetlejuice 2 soon slipped into development hell, with Burton then moving on to - and later dropping of - Superman Lives. Kevin Smith, who once wrote a draft of Superman Lives, was once offered the chance to rewrite Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian but passed on the project. By 1997, that version of Beetlejuice 2 was declared dead and a sequel seemed unlikely.

Beetlejuice 2 Is Still Being Developed

Tim Burton talks Beetlejuice 2 with Michael Keaton

It was later confirmed in 2011 that Seth Grahame-Smith had been hired to write a script for Beetlejuice 2, and the sequel has been stuck in development ever since. Burton has stated he would direct the sequel under the"right circumstances," and both Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton want to come back too. Grahame-Smith once stated the sequel was expected to start filming in late 2015 and that it would take place 27 years after the original.

Beetlejuice 2 still hasn’t happened, however, with the most recent update involving Mike Vukadinovich hired in late 2017 to rewrite the script. Burton and Keaton recently reunited for the first time since Batman Returns on Dumbo, and the two still appear keen to work on Beetlejuice 2. Given the amount of time the sequel has spent in development, it feels like it could easily just not happen. Beetlejuice is a perfect cult movie on its own, so unless a sequel finds a fresh angle, maybe it’s a good thing it hasn’t happened yet.

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