As the Inquisitr reported the Beetlejuice sequel is in the works, but is it happening with star Michael Keaton? Any fan of the cult classic knows you can’t make Beetlejuice without Beeltejuice himself, but will Keaton even be available?
As we’ve seen in the last few months, Michael Keaton is having a career high in the same way that Matthew McConaughey had his “McConaissance” with True Detective and his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club. Keaton is very much having a comparable revival in his career thanks to the film Birdman. The actor barely takes on projects but now that he’s kind of in high demand will he return to do a sequel for Beetlejuice is the real question.
According to E! while promoting his new film Big Eyes director Tim Burton said the sequel is “closer than ever” but that it needs to happen with Michael Keaton attached.
“There’s only one Beetlejuice, and that’s Michael. There is a script, and I would love to work with him again. I think there is now a better chance than ever… I miss that character. There’s something that’s cathartic and amazing about it. I think it’s closer than ever.”
— Urban Unrest (@urbanunrest) December 23, 2014
So what does Michael Keaton think about returning for a second Beetlejuice film? Well, the actor told MTV News that it’s in the works but Tim Burton needs to sign off.
“I’ve e-mailed Tim a couple of times. Talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff. I always said that’s 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.”
That said, it looks like Keaton and Burton are doing the hot potato game of passing off the responsibility until it actually gets made.
As for Winona Ryder, the Inquisitr reported Burton had said kind words about his leading lady.
“I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in a while… and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”
When whispers were heard that there might be a Beetlejuice sequel it was Ryder who drummed up interest by breaking the news about some talk, so we can definitely see her being the first to sign up for the project.
As of right now Tim Burton doesn’t look free until after 2016 so it’s going to be a while before we see the great return of Beetlejuice.