This year has been a rollercoaster for the rumored sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 masterpiece, Beetlejuice. After initial reports of the film not happening were shot down by a massive rumor that it was indeed happening, we've all been in limbo regarding the project for the past month or so.
Rumors of a sequel first spawned after Burton collaborated with Seth Grahame-Smith for the 2012 reboot/adaptation of Dark Shadows. Initially, Grahame-Smith was set to pen a script for Beetlejuice 2, but the project fell down in priority after Tim Burton continuously has failed to commit. Since Dark Shadows, Burton has kept himself busy both directing and producing films like Frankenweenie, Big Eyes and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
In a recent interview with Collider, Burton himself finally gave an update on Beetlejuice 2:
"This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right —because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet."
So there it is. Tim Burton seems open to the idea, but what he's basically implying is he's not committing because it's not necessary. Personally, I have to commend him for that. In this current wave of sequels and remakes, it's true that a film like Beetlejuice could return and give a new generation a taste of the story, but that doesn't mean that it should happen.
Burton currently has a bit of a full schedule, anyway. He is starting press for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and is all set to direct Disney's live action version of Dumbo. He's easily one of the most desired directors in Hollywood, so unless something phenomenal comes along for another installment of Beetlejuice, I think we can safely say it's not happening anytime soon, or ever. Not if Tim Burton has anything to say about it.