For some reason, Beetlejuice 2 rumors took off recently, with hints that the movie was all but a done deal with Tim Burton and the original cast. Burton quickly threw cold water on those rumors, following on Winona Ryder saying she’d love to do it, but she hadn’t heard anything. And now Keaton is trying to let fans down gently about the whole thing.
Keaton is out promoting The Founder, his biopic of McDonald’s CEO Ray Croc, and when asked about Beetlejuice 2, more or less said it wasn’t happening:
“…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.”
So, uh, that’s two cast members and the director more or less saying that they’re flattered, but that nobody with the money to make it happen has asked them about it. While that certainly might change, since even Independence Day can get a sequel decades later, the cast and the director both appear to have moved on. And considering some of the sequel ideas Burton was considering, perhaps in the long term that’s for the best. Now a sequel to the cartoon? That we want to see.