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.
Hey, what else needs to be said?
Tim Burton was born on August 25, 1958. While I have said ad nauseam that I have conflicted feelings towards his output over the past few years, the simple fact is that I wouldn’t care if I didn’t love his best work. This blog is testament to that; I doubt it would exist if not for his movies. Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd, Vincent… these films are coded deep in my DNA. So thank you, Monsieur Burton, for all the hours of entertainment you’ve given me, as well as helping show that “spooky” is viable in the mainstream. I just hope that nobody minds that I swiped that photo.
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.
Me outside the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA
When I posted that entry about the upcoming film adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children yesterday, I made the caveat that I wasn’t certain if it was relevant to dreadpunk.com’s scope. Less than a day later, that brief post has become the most viewed entry on this blog ever. So I guess there’s my answer.
I have a complicated relationship with Tim Burton’s work. From the 1990’s through 2011, I was all-in when it came to Burton’s imagination. When I visited California in 2011, a friend and I went to the Tim Burton art exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (that photo above is me standing beside an inflatable sculpture outside). I have a small library of books devoted to Burton’s career.
Tim Burton’s Facebook page released a “title treatment” yesterday for the film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m not sure how relevant it is for this blog since I haven’t read the book, but Dreadpunk Goddess Eva Green stars in the lead role and that imagery above looks right on the money.
The wild card in this is Tim Burton. A few years ago, before Dark Shadows, I would have been unreservedly excited about this. Now, I am cautious… optimistic, but cautious. The guy did direct Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd, after all, and this isn’t a story that has been filmed before. So we’ll see.
Fun fact: longtime Friend of Derek Stephen Segal was an editor on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children during his Quirk days.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is currently scheduled to be released in the US on March 4, 2016.
Image source: Tim Burton – Official Page