UPDATE: Tim Burton's team has since come forward saying the claims that Tim Burton confirmed Beetlejuice 3 are false, and no Beetlejuice sequel is in the works in any shape or form.
The most vile ghost in all of history is returning to grace us with his foul presence. Director Tim Burton, who helmed the original Beetlejuice in 1988, has confirmed that a long-rumored Beetlejuice sequel has been green-lit, with him once again steering the ship. Not only did Burton confirm his involvement, but Beetlejuice himself, Michael Keaton, and Winona Ryder, who played goth girl Lydia Deetz, are also set to return! YES, THIS IS REAL AFTERLIFE!
Beetlejuice followed the story of a married ghost couple coping with the afterlife, when their home is suddenly purchased by the living. They turn to Beetlejuice to help get the warm-blooded family out of their home so they can live their afterlife in peace. However, the family's odd teenage daughter has a knack for the dead and the ill-mannered Beetlejuice turns out to have ulterior motives in his vile plan.
A sequel to the hit horror-comedy has been a dream of fans since the original was released in the 1980s, but other projects prevented it from gaining steam, and eventually the cast and crew had moved on to bigger and better things. Entertainment news site Showbiz Spy reports, after acquiring a statement from Burton himself, that fans' dreams are officially on the road to becoming true. Burton stated:
“The film is a go and has been approved by the Warner Bros. team, we have talked with the cast members we wanted for the film and they are all on board, this includes both Winona and Michael. We have the script in hand everything is in place all we need to do now is get ready to start filming.”
Now, the icing on the cake? If only Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin would also reprise their ghostly roles!
Maybe even this guy can make a comeback!
And I demand a reprise of DAY-O, DAAAAAAAYYY-O with Catherine O'Hara!
Just the fact that Keaton and Ryder are involved, though, is enough. The original cast returning for a sequel almost 30 years since the original is pretty amazing. I can see it now: Lydia married and blissfully happy in her dark and deathly misery, having inherited the house that once belonged to her parents and living in harmony among the dead for many years. That is, until Beetlejuice shows up to complete his quest of returning to the land of the living!
Warner Bros. has yet to confirm Burton's statements or comment on this new development, so while this seems pretty legit, I'm waiting on pins and needles for the studio to follow up. However, last year in an interview on Late Show With Seth Meyers, Ryder confirm that Beetlejuice was indeed in the works!
So things are looking good, folks!