Courtesy of Rolling Stone and MTV, word is that the former Dark Knight revealed during a press junket for the new Robocop that a sequel to the 1988 classic Beetlejuice is likelier than ever:
"I've emailed Tim (Burton) a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff until relatively recently. I always said that (Beetlejuice) is 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. Now it looks like he is involved. And without giving too much away, we've talked to each other, and emailed each other, and if he's in, it's going to be hard not to be in."
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While that's certainly not a guarantee, it's the most solid indication that the movie is in the early stages of development fans have ever had. Hopefully this is a case of "if you build it, people will come", as this statement will help generate even greater interest in a sequel. Until now Keaton had always merely said that he would enjoy doing a sequel, but not that he was in talks with the original film's iconic director.
Winona Ryder who played Lydia in the original film, has also weighed in:
"I'm kind of sworn to secrecy, but it sounds like it might be happening...it's 27 years later, and I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later."Fortunately the film, if it ever does come to fruition, will not be a reboot or a remake according to Ryder. The possibility of a sequel taking place twenty-seven years later, with an even older, crazier Beetlejuice sleazing his way back into an adult Lydia's life makes for a potentially fascinating and hilarious tale.
Several fan-favorite movies and franchises from the seventies and eighties have seen sequels, reboots, and remakes in the past decade, few of them (even Burton's own remakes) managing to satisfy fans.
The passion for the Beetlejuice characters is apparent from all the principle artists, however. Should the film harken back to Burton's earlier aesthetic, and avoid cheap nostalgic gags, this could turn out to be a worthwhile sequel.
As we await further announcements, let's enjoy one of the best scenes from the original: