Rumors of a Beetlejuice sequel have been a staple of movie websites for many years now, and in fact a handful of follow-ups have been in various stages of development since the 90s. But here we find ourselves, 27 years after the release of the film, and yet seemingly no closer to the return of one of Tim Burton’s most iconic characters.
According to Burton himself, the wait is almost over, as he’s just revealed to the website Coming Soon that Beetlejuice 2 is, well, coming soon…
“It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael,” said Burton, while promoting new movie Big Eyes. “There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with [Michael Keaton] again.”
Meanwhile, Keaton also spoke about the upcoming sequel this past weekend, telling Deadline that he’s totally in board for whatever Burton has in store for him – though he doesn’t seem to be aware how serious the filmmaker is about finally making Beetlejuice 2 a reality.
“Tim Burton and I have emailed about it,” noted Keaton. “We’re both in the same situation (of always being busy on other projects). Neither one of us gets tired of the conversation… Tim says he’s working on something, then goes away for a while. At some point, someone is going to say we really want to do it. You don’t want to fuck it up, so it has to be perfect.”
Last year, Winona Ryder expressed her interest in the project, stating that she too is ready to reprise her iconic role from the 1988 original. “I love Lydia Deetz so much,” she said. “She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.”
As Ryder’s comments indicate, Beetlejuice 2 looks to be a true sequel to the first one, which should be a real treat for longtime fans of the characters – and the whacky world they inhabit.