The potential sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 Comedy classic, Beetlejuice is one of those development stories that just won't go away. Largely that's because it isn't just a dream. Tim Burton has stated as recently as May that it's a project he's still interested in working on under the "right circumstances." The entire cast seems game to return, and in 2011, Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) even went to work writing the screenplay for the sequel. But despite a recent rumor, Beetlejuice 2 has yet to be officially greenlit.
A large part of this may have to do with Burton's schedule. Currently, he's busy with the upcoming fall’s new release Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and it's possible that production for Disney's live action remake of Dumbo isn't far off. With so much on his plate, it's likely Burton doesn't currently have the time to develop the Beetlejuice 2 script into something he feels confident in.
Michael Keaton, who played the titular role in the original Beetlejuice, was recently interviewed by Variety about his upcoming role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but while he was there, they were sure to ask him if he had heard any updates on a sequel to Beetlejuice. "No. Zero." Keaton responded. "You always hear things, that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do... It’s possible that ship has sailed."
Though, admittedly uninformed on the matter, Keaton did follow-up with his feelings about the sequel:
"The only way to do it is to do it right. 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... 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."
This seems to mirror the feelings of Burton himself, who seems reluctant to risk tainting the legacy of his original classic. "It’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy," Burton said previously.
It's comforting to know the artists that made the original film such a classic are so committed to preserving its legacy. While Keaton has expressed fondness for the character he made famous, he seems reluctant to return to the role if doing so may harm his legacy.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for developments on the potential sequel to Beetlejuice.