Tim Burton Says 'Beetlejuice 2' is Really Happening

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:16 Written by  iamrogue
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Tim Burton Says 'Beetlejuice 2' is Really Happening

Tim Burton is ready to turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.

More than a year ago, the director was reportedly in talks to return for Beetlejuice 2, a sequel to the 1988 comedy that's only gotten better with age. 

After a long quiet spell on the sequel front, Burton has provided an enthusiastic update on another round of paranormal hilarity, reiterating that Winona Ryder will return as Lydia Deetz.

Burton's sophomore directorial feature, Beetlejuice followed his success on Pee-wee's Big Adventure, grossing $73.7 million domestically against a production budget in the neighborhood of $15 million.  What's more, the comedy had a huge impact, spawning an animated television series and staying strong in the popular culture.

And Burton, of course, has gone on to become a big name director, helming billion dollar movies like Alice in Wonderland.

Warner Bros., meanwhile, has been taking cracks at another Beetlejuice over the decades, famously pursuing Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian for years.  In 2011, the studio enlisted Seth Grahame-Smith, the writer of Burton's regrettable Dark Shadows, to write the follow-up.  Then Burton signed up shortly after wrapping production on Big Eyes, which opens this month.

In an MTV interview promoting Big Eyes, Burton answered the question of whether he is, in fact, directing Beetlejuice 2 with a simple, "Oh yeah."

And as for Ryder reprising her goth character, he really got affirmative.  “Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah,” he said. “Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.”

He referred to her recent voice work on his 2011 stop-motion feature Frankenweenie, saying,  “I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”

This isn't really news: Ryder herself confirmed her involvement last year, saying, "I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing twenty-seven years later."

Michael Keaton, who is in the midst of an awards season campaign for his performance in Birdman, has repeatedly voiced his willingness to play Betelgeuse again, provided Burton returns.  Well Burton's back and so is Ryder, so the planet might just be privileged enough to once again see Keaton go hog-wild on this ridiculously fun character.

We're betting that Beetlejuice 2 won't involve Geena Davis or Alec Baldwin playing the kindly, thoroughly deceased Maitlands.

Stay tuned for more as this sequel comes together.  While Burton sounds gung-ho, there's no telling where Beetlejuice 2 may fall on his schedule; his next project is more likely to be Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

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