At the premiere of his latest film 'Dumbo', Tim Burton spoke about Beetlejuice 2 and broke hearts worldwide.
Beetlejuice's sequel was said to be in the making 2012 and fans of horror have been waiting desperately since THEN for the movie to release. Rumors of the movie coming out in a few months surface literally every year and people got so tired of them that they claimed they'll only believe in anything Beetlejuice related when Tim Burton himself speaks up about it and well, you'd be glad to know he has finally opened up about the ghost with the most. What he said, however, will make you throw the nearest object around you and cry for like 3 days.
On the premiere of his latest film Dumbo, a live-action adaptation, which has received negative reviews from literally everybody BTW, the king of horror and everything weird was asked about the movie fans have been waiting for since decades and the veteran director decided to break some hearts. USA Today asked the 60-year-old what is happening with the sequel and he replied, "Nothing, nothing." Two no's equal to a yes, right? RIGHT?
Apparently not. The interviewers went ahead and asked the man if the sequel would ever happen in the future, he said, "I don't know. I doubt it." Shocked by his statement, the outlet reached out to Warner Bros directly who noted that "the project isn’t in active development." So, there. All these years we all have been patiently waiting for Tim Burton to make a comment and well, this is what he has to say after seven years...
But, it is kind of relieving at the same time, isn't it? A possible sequel or reboot with different actors might not have clicked and would have failed to do justice to the magic Michael Keaton created in the original. When Beetlejuice came out in 1988, it was well received and gradually became a cult classic and a Halloween tradition. With a budget of $15 million, the movie scored more than thrice that amount. The movie is still widely loved and streamed online and has a huge fan base.
Earlier when Burton was asked about the movie sequel, he said that they are waiting for the right time. "This is the thing, it's something that I'm interested in, but there are so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I've talked to these people and they didn't wanna hear this so they just made up a story."
"But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona. I've talked to a few people. It's something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but 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. So it's something that if the elements are right because I do love the character and Michael's amazing as that character, so yeah we'll see. But there's nothing concrete yet," said Burton in an interview in 2016.
In 2018, reports surfaced that the development of the movie sequel is moving forward and the Beetlejuice team has hired a new writer - Mike Vukadinovich, a screenwriter, who will be penning down the script for the new Beetlejuice movie. Some also claimed that Michael Keaton will be resuming his iconic role. Tim revealed that he'd love to see Winona Ryder playing her role again. "I worked with [Ryder], I hadn't seen her in a while, and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her... and that character, I just miss it, there's some freedom about that character that I love."
Geena Davis, too, revealed that she is interested to be a part of the new Beetlejuice movie. "I did hear that it's really happening. No one's talked to me about it. I would love to! That was one of my favorite movies, too...But ghosts probably don't age, and it's going to be 30 years now. Of course, I haven't aged, but I think Alec Baldwin maybe has aged, perhaps," she said. And, here we are. Certainly, a lot has changed in the last three years...why do you think they are scrapping the highly anticipated Beetlejuice sequel?