It’s been more than 20 years since the original Beetlejuice hit theaters. The film bestowed us with plenty of Michael Keaton campiness and Winona Ryder goth-teen glory. Geena Davis has had multiple television shows and several career restarts since then, and Michael Keaton is currently on a run of back-to-back Best Picture Winners. Not to mention the string of Best Actor nominations the actor has received. Even Alec Baldwin, who most people don’t even remember was in the movie, has gone on to great things like saying “Liz Lemon” a million times in a hundred different ways throughout the seven seasons of 30 Rock. Over the years, there have been countless rumors of a possible sequel. Tim Burton has commented on the possibility before, but now he is becoming more vocal about whether it will actually happen.
In a conversation with Collider, Burton addressed the latest round of rumors regarding Keaton returning to the big screen as the long-dead troublemaker:
I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right—because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”
“Nothing concrete yet” isn’t the worst news in the world, but there is also a long history of sketchy rumors and a half-promise about a sequel, which doesn’t mean much in Hollywood. That Burton is at least keen on the idea means that the possibility of a second film — involving unsuspecting ghosts dealing with Keaton’s shenanigans — could be around the corner. Or it could be further off than ever before. If it does happen, “Day-O” better be on that soundtrack. The acclaimed director has multiple projects in the pipeline, so this won’t happen anytime soon no matter what. Geena Davis will just have to keep biding her time. Maybe she and Winona Ryder can do a buddy comedy while they wait for Tim Burton to give them a ring.