For years and years, everyone has wondered about the status of Beetlejuice 2 and if the sequel would ever happen. Tim Burton and Winona Ryder have spoken out about it, but Michael Keaton has never come out and publicly shared his feelings on the whole thing. He’s been rather busy with a number of other projects, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, but does he feel as if the “Ghost with the Most” will ever get a second film?
Fans have hoped and begged for Beetlejuice 2 to happen, and Ryder has actually kept hope alive with some positive things said here and there. In order for it to happen, Burton has said he would need the majority of the cast back, and that especially includes Michael Keaton for the title role.
Keaton has been doing a lot of work as he will star in The Founder and then American Assassin while also working on the villain side of things in Spider-Man: Homecoming. With all that on his plate, could he even find time to do a Beetlejuice sequel?
In a recent interview with Variety, Keaton was asked about the role that so many people want to see him in again, and that’s Beetlejuice. When asked if he knows about the possible sequel, he didn’t say anything that sounded very promising.
“No. Zero. You always hear things… that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do.”
Those “people” are typically the fans who have such high hopes and aspirations that the sequel will happen, and most of the time, the info they have is unfounded. It doesn’t help matters that Tim Burton drops subtle hints and Winona Ryder sometimes blurts out that the Beetlejuice 2 project actually is going to happen.
When nothing happens for years, people begin to wonder what kind of solid information she was even given as one of the stars.
Michael Keaton went on to tell Variety that he does love the character, but he also believes that “it’s possible that ship has sailed.”
“The only way to do it is to do it right. So much of it was improvised and so much was beautifully handmade by the artist that is Tim Burton. If you can’t get close to that, you leave it alone.”
Keaton appears to have the same mindset as Burton, and it’s that something needs to be done right or not at all. If something like this is going to be done, it would have to be done soon as the cast is not getting any younger.
As things currently stand, Keaton is already 64-years-old and Ryder is 44-years-old. The latter is doing a number of projects as well coming off of the extremely successful Stranger Things series which was just released on Netflix.
While it seems as if Keaton would be on board for a Beetlejuice sequel to some extent, it actually appears as if he’s happy with leaving classic perfection as it is.
“There are certain movies that are like Indian burial grounds. You never ride over them. Bad s**t happens if you cross that. You don’t touch certain things. They are sacred.”
If the door wasn’t close to closing on Beetlejuice 2 before, it certainly is now.
Tim Burton and Winona Ryder have both left hope on the table and the door open for Beetlejuice 2, but nothing has ever come about. Hearing the words and update from Michael Keaton makes it seem less likely that the 1988 hit will ever actually get a sequel of any kind. It’s quite the shame if it doesn’t happen, but at least the original will be a classic that can always be enjoyed.
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