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Michael Keaton Confirms Talks With Tim Burton For Beetlejuice 2

While doing a press junket for the new Robocop movie, Michael Keaton confirmed he’s been talking with Tim Burton about Beetlejuice 2, which is the closest thing to official confirmation that it’s in the works that we’ve gotten.  We’ve talked about the rumors swirling around this sequel before but have gotten no real source to confirm Burton’s involvement up to this point. The confirmed involvement of both Keaton and Burton, if the movie happens, certainly adds to hopes for a good Beetlejuice 2, as who knows what it would be like without either of them.

A couple months ago, our own Rebecca Pahle had this to say about the rumors swirling around the possibility of Beetlejuice 2:

The Wrap then “confirmed” that he’s in talks for Beetlejuice 2. I put confirmed in quotation marks because the source is “multiple individuals familiar with the project.” Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think something’s confirmed unless someone involved with the project (so, in this case, Burton or a someone from Warner Bros.) actually goes on record as saying it’s true.

“Confirmed.” I do not think it means what you think it means.

Well, good news, because we’re much closer to a confirmation now. Rolling Stone had this quote from Keaton:

I’ve emailed Tim 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.

It seems like, while nothing is set in stone yet, both Burton and Keaton are ramping up their level of seriousness regarding this project. And since Keaton won’t do it without Burton involved, I suppose we’re looking at a really good Beetljuice 2 or a really bad one. Winona Ryder has also mentioned in November that she might be doing a sequel to Beetlejuice, saying her character of Lydia “was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.”

So, basically, while we’re still a ways from official confirmation of Burton’s involvement, it does seem like all the key players are circling the project and talking about it pretty seriously. The fact that Keaton would say what he said definitely points to this being well on the way to reality. Fingers crossed!

(via Rolling Stone)

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  • Anonymous

    I feel weird about this. I think I am the only person who actively disliked that movie. Feel free to shun me at will.

  • Bam Bunting

    This is all well and good but Geena Davis or GTFO

  • Anonymous

    I loved that film but Tim Burton isn’t the filmmaker he used to be and sadly, I don’t see how he can make that film a good one.

  • Anonymous

    If you look at his roster of films you may find that you like every third flick like I do. Widely hitting or missing the mark isn’t new with his movies. For me, probably the worst was Alice in Wonderland. It is likely why I am just as cautious as you are. I get cold sweats at night just knowing that a second Alice is on its way.

  • sirmichaelvalentine

    trust me adding in davis and baldwin which are both in their late 50′s will kill this sequel they are too old they dont even look like the maitlands anymore, lets just keep keaton and ryder with a few new faces i mean the older fans of this are already calling it a bad move to do this so if they add in every older actor which are mostly in the 40′s to late 50′s without any new faces will kill this sequel before it even gets made. so stop with the geena davis or gtfo cause it aint happening they are gonna add in some new faces with the two main attractions keaton and ryder so get use to it.

  • Revolution of Eva

    God help us all.

  • Anonymous

    I offended someone who enjoyed Alice. Oh the poor soul! I didn’t know anyone like that existed!

  • Anonymous

    Okay but *you* get to call Baldwin.

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  • Anonymous

    Is Johnny Depp also in talks for the sequel? Not sure Burton knows how to make movies any more unless Depp is in it. Maybe as a “younger” Beetlejuice. LOL! Nope, sorry. The first movie was OK in its day, but I don’t think I want to revisit that world now. I’d rather see something new and innovative. And in Burton’s case, maybe break out of the mold a bit and do something WITHOUT Depp.

  • Pink Apocalypse

    Sequel ideas like this often get ignored, because they’re strange and unusual.

    But we ourselves are strange and unusual.