A while back it was announced that writer/producer duo David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith were working on a sequel to Tim Burton‘s 1988 comedy, Beetlejuice. Today, EW reports that the twosome have just gotten Burton’s blessing. However, they will not move forward until they convince Michael Keaton to return for the title role.
“When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we’d do it if we got Tim [Burton's] blessing and involvement, and we got that,” says Grahame-Smith, “and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, ‘Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie.’ We’re not there yet, because we don’t have a film to present to him.”
Michael Keaton who has done a whole lot of nothing as of late, has said, in interviews that he would do a sequel in a heartbeat. Specifically, “Absolutely, that’s the one thing I’d love to do again.” So, he’s fucking game. As for the rest of the cast, I don’t see how they can get the back in, especially since Winona Ryder is all grown up and probably too busy shoplifting to do another Beetlejuice…
Like Ghostbusters 3, Beetlejuice 2 would be a decade too late. Let it lie. If it does happen, keep Burton away from it – If you haven’t made a good movie in over 10 years then you’re useless. Also, there are good actors out there other than Johnny Depp.