It's been quite the bombastic journey for Tim Burton's on again/off again sequel to his 1988 cult classic film, Beetlejuice. In that time, we've heard endless conflicting stories about casting, plot, and expected filming and release dates. Nobody ever seemed to have a clear sense of the project from one day to the next. That includes the stars of the original film. Well now one of them is speaking out and she finally seems to have some idea about where the project is headed.
“I don’t really know what’s going on with that. Obviously, it was an iconic film. The only way it could really ever be done is with Tim [Burton] and Michael [Keaton]. I don’t know. There’s something that really resonates with all ages, with that film. It’s interesting. I think it would be great if it happened… if it was the right circumstances. Gosh, you know you’re getting older when they’re making TV shows, sequels or plays for things that you did. It’s very flattering and very humbling, indeed. I heard they were making another Little Women. Mine was the fifth one, so that’s kudos to Louisa May Alcott. It’s just very flattering.”
So it appears, confirming the fears of so many Burton fans, that there is really no forward motion for the sequel at this time. While all three (Ryder, Keaton, and Burton) are remaining quite active, they do seem to be regularly voicing their strong opinions towards actually doing the film.
Winona Ryder has been a bit more vocal in recent months, once stating she believed the sequel was full on and ready to go with both Keaton and Burton returning alongside her. Burton himself has said that he would really love to do the project, but it just hasn't been right yet. He also outright denied rumors suggesting he was replacing original star Michael Keaton with his longtime collaborator, Johnny Depp.
Geena Davis, who portrayed the doomed and ghostly Barbara Maitland opposite Alec Baldwin as her oblivious husband Adam, has also said she would like to return if a sequel is made.
In all honesty, it may be a good idea if the sequel never comes to fruition. There's always the chance it won't live up to expectations or potentially even flop at the box office and ruin the lasting legacy of the original film. Burton hasn't exactly had an excellent track record with films as of late, but fans hope that will change when his adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, is released in September this year. Check out the trailer for that flick below,
It may not have been the answer we were looking for, but at least we know it's not for lack of trying or motivation. Hopefully we see it sooner rather than later, as the time for Keaton, Ryder, and Burton to make the film is rapidly approaching its end. However, I'm sure I speak for all fans when I say, "I'd rather not see a sequel at all than one that's done simply to make money for the studio."