While Tim Burton’s recent work isn’t as beloved as his classics, their enduring quality guarantees he’ll always have a place in horror fans hearts, thanks to macabre hits like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and of course, Beetlejuice.
Released in 1988, Beetlejuice is Burton’s greatest achievement as a director, depending on who you ask. The titular playfully evil entity is at least probably Burton’s most iconic creation, outside of Jack Skellington, although he only produced and wrote Nightmare.
Played by Michael Keaton, Beetlejuice is always fun to watch, which is why many fans have always wanted him to reprise the role. Unfortunately, a potential sequel has been kicking around development hell for decades, and will seemingly never find a way out.
While it was reported in 2017 that a writer had been brought on to script Beetlejuice 2, there’s been nothing new since. During a recent chat with USA Today, Burton was once again asked about the project, and he sadly had no good news to offer expectant fans.
When asked if Beetlejuice 2 would happen, Burton offered a simple “I don’t know. I doubt it.” Warner Bros. also confirmed that the sequel isn’t in active development. Sorry folks, it seems Keaton’s Beetlejuice will remain a fond memory, locked in 1988 forever.