Still not happening. Cool art, though.
A few days ago, we were treated to another round of “news” that BEETLEJUICE 2 was “happening.” As I have commented before, people are quick to flog reports that the “ghost with the most” is absolutely returning to the big screen. Now, a rep for Burton has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that a follow-up to BEETLEJUICE is not being actively pursued.
I’m hardly a film insider, but even I know that Burton and some of the cast saying they’d like to revisit the material is not the same thing as a film being prepped for production. I’m not even sure why so many people want this to be true. I love BEETLEJUICE; it was my introduction to Tim Burton and it still holds up. And while a sequel could be good… it might also not be, especially nearly 30 years after the original.
BEETLEJUICE 2: chances are good I will write a variation on this entry in another year or so.
Haven’t we been down this road before?
Winona Ryder appeared on Monday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and said that Tim Burton was working on a follow-up to Beetlejuice. She was also quick to say that she didn’t know much more than the general public did.
So of course, the internet has exploded with pronouncements that Beetlejuice 2 is “happening.”
These same rumors were floating around in 2013, when Burton, Keaton, and Ryder were effectively saying, “yeah, it would be cool to work together again.” Judging from the interview above, it sounds like Ryder is referencing those comments from a couple of years ago. Listen to what she’s actually saying before leaping to the conclusion that this movie is definitely being made.
All I’ve seen is creative talent talking about the possibility of exploring that world again. It’s public knowledge that Seth Grahame-Smith is writing a script for a Beetlejuice sequel, but that’s very different than a budget and filming start date.
I’m not saying that there won’t be a Beetlejuice sequel. In fact, I would be surprised if there wasn’t some serious discussion about it somewhere. But right now all I’m seeing is offhand comments and speculation. The fact that Winona Ryder is talking about Beetlejuice is cool; Ryder saying there’s the possibility of a follow-up is noteworthy. But seriously, folks — pump the brakes until there’s an official press release.