Back in the early days of Tim Burton’s directing career, he was truly one of my favorite movie-makers in Hollywood. His attention to macabre detail in his dark movies really appealed to me as a young movie fan. In recent years, I haven’t been much of a fan of his work … particularly his work with Johnny Depp (which, I will admit, is Hit or Miss … mostly miss in the past 10 years). Today we learn that Burton has reportedly signed on to make a sequel to his brilliant 1988 film Beetlejuice. Nothing has been officially confirmed but there has been talk around town of a Beetlejuice sequel for years. If this new rumor turns out to be true, then we might actually get a new film from Tim Burton that will remind us all of how amazing he is as a film director.
A sequel to Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice has been in development for awhile. The script for the movie was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the screenplay for Dark Shadows. The last we heard, the project was a top priority for Warner Bros. and Burton. Michael Keaton was even excited about reprising his role! Now according to a source at Schmoes Know, Keaton will return as Beetlejuice and Burton is looking to direct it, which has kind of been the case all along. I always assumed Burton would direct the sequel anyway, and apparently he was even thinking about dropping out of his Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children project set up at 20th Century Fox to do it. He shifted his schedule around, though, and is going to end up making both films. I guess the biggest news here is that the movie is still moving forward with the two major players we want involved with the film. I loved Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it will be amazing to see him back in the role! I’m also happy to hear that Burton was willing to make any schedule adjustments he could to bring us this long-awaited sequel.
To be honest, the ONLY way I would be on board for a Beetlejuice sequel would be if both Tim Burton came back as director and Michael Keaton came back as Beetlejuice … and it sounds like this is what may happen. It probably wouldn’t be smart to get too excited until this news is officially confirmed but I’m hopeful that this turns out to be true. I rewatched Beetlejuice recently and was reminded how much I like that movie. With all the new tech available at Burton’s disposal these days, I can only imagine how amazing a sequel film might turn out. I’ll keep an eye on this bit of goss … I’d love for it to turn out to be true.