Talks of a Beetlejuice 2 seem to be warming up as Michael Keaton confirms discussions with director Tim Burton on the sequel to the terrific 1988 film.
Beetlejuice is one of the best films Tim Burton ever made. Michael Keaton as an undead flim-flammer, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin as the hapless but lovable, recently deceased couple who unsuccessfully try to scare a crazy artistic family (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffery Jones and Winona Ryder) and an insane trip to the underworld? Awesome. Even cameo characters like Miss Argentina have stuck around in the collective consciousness. Naturally, because it’s so popular, people have often wondered if there will be a sequel. Well, Keaton himself has answered in the affirmative. Sort of.
Keaton told MTV during a junket interview for RoboCop that yes, talks have been happening in regards to a Beetlejuice sequel.
“I’ve e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff until relatively recently,” he said. “I’ve always said that [Beetlejuice] is the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.”
Burton’s involvement in the sequel will probably be the only way most movie lovers will be interested in the film. Thankfully, even though Burton’s currently working on the Walter Keane biopic Big Eyes, starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, he seems to be growing increasingly excited about the Beetlejuice sequel.
“Now it looks like he is involved,” said Keaton. “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.”
If anyone else directed it, you might as well call it a bust. Also, it could be a true return-to-form for Burton, who, apart from Frankenweenie, seems to have lost his creative edge a bit. And, speaking frankly, even Frankenweenie’s ending leaves a lot to be desired.
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