It's been over 25 years since the original Beetlejuice came out (Can that be right? How old am I?). For over quarter of a century fans of the Tim Burton classic have been begging for a follow-up film, but to no avail. Just when we were about to give up on the long-anticipated sequel, the Hollywood rumor mill began churning out some promising news.
Early last year Michael Keaton, the original Betelgeuse, admitted to MTV News that a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith ([Dark Shadows](movie:19043), [Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter](movie:40306)) has been in the works for at least a couple of years now with Tim Burton at the helm, and that he hopes to be involved:
I’ve emailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff. I always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.
Now it looks like he is involved. And without giving too much away, we’ve talked to each other, and emailed each other, and if he’s in, it’s going to be hard not to be in.
Well, we now have more news regarding the long-awaited sequel. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter Grahame-Smith confirmed that this movie will, in fact, be a sequel set in present day and not a reboot.
I don't know about you, but I'm ecstatic. I don't have time or patience to get reacquainted with a brand new Betelgeuse story! Best to pick up where we left off. I'm also hoping that this will rejuvenate Burton's career a bit, which has been somewhat stagnant as of late, by putting him right back in his element.
Although Keaton is already onboard with the project, his screen time might not be as ample as some of us would like. Grahame-Smith said he will be going with "Keaton's 'less is more' advice." Especially considering his character isn't introduced until midway through the first film.
Not to mention, if [Birdman](movie:780317) is any indication of what Keaton will be delivering in this stage of his career, then he will be an actor in high demand. Hopefully he'll still be able to clear time in his busy schedule for Beetlejuice fans!
The only other returning cast member that there have been mumblings around are of Winona Ryder reprising her role of Lydia. When MTV News asked Tim Burton last month if her character would be included in the sequel, he gave fans a massive thumbs up.
In his own words:
Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.
Oh. Yeah. Now it's still unclear whether Winona actually wants to play the role, but I can't imagine she'd turn down the job. Can we please bring back those bangs while you're at it, Tim?
So what do you guys think? Are you glad that they're going with a sequel instead of a reboot? What do you think the plotline will look like with Michael Keaton back as Betelgeuse and Winona Ryder playing an adult Lydia? Let me know in the comments section!
Still no word on when [Beetlejuice 2](movie:337609) will be released, but I hope it won't take another 25+ years!
Would you rather watch a 'Beetlejuice' reboot or sequel?