Earlier today, news broke that Tim Burton had confirmed to Showbiz Spy that the Beetlejuice sequel was officially in the works after years of talks. The statement read:
“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.”
Fans of the dark 1988 comedy rejoiced and, for one brief moment, the world was a great place. That is, until the statement was debunked. Now we're left icing our necks from this emotional whiplash.
After reading this seemingly massive news, MTV reached out to Burton's reps, who confirmed that the director did not give the reported statement to Showbiz Spy. Sad.
Just because Beetlejuice 2 isn't confirmed yet, doesn't mean it's never happening. Burton and the film's leads Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton have spoken out in the past to express their interest for the potential follow-up.
In 2014, Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton told MTV that if he could reprise any role from his past, he would most like to resurrect the supernaturally crude miscreant:
“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 [Director] Tim [Burton] 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 e-mailed each other, and if he’s in, it’s going to be hard not to be in.”
Then last October, Ryder appeared on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast and revealed that not only would she be interested in reprising her role of Lydia, but that Burton approached her about it:
“The last that I heard was Tim called and he was like — you know these days because of hacking everything has to be hard copy, he was going to send me something and then he called and said I just want to work on Lydia a little. I don’t know. What I know is that, and I’m sure you know the same thing, is the writer was like, ’Let me try.’ And Tim was like, 'OK if it’s good.' But the thing that you showed me, it sounded like he was really excited.”
It sounds like all of the pieces are in place, and now we're just waiting on final confirmation. I still remain hopeful that we'll get to see a Beetlejuice sequel in the near future. Good things come to those who wait, after all.
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(Source: MTV News)