There was a time when the prospect of a new Tim Burton movie would make this reporter positively giddy in anticipation. But that, my friends was years and years ago, before the director’s works became a wash of white makeup and Johnny Depp mugging. So it’s with a heavy heart that I share the news that Burton is still looking to make Beetlejuice 2. And he promises to drag Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder into it.
Speaking with MTV while promoting his new biopic Big Eyes (look for our review later this week), Burton described the script by Seth Grahame-Smith (adapter of that abysmal Dark Shadows movie) and David Katzenberg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) as “pretty good.”
Asked if it’s true he’d be on board to direct the sequel that’d come 27 or so years after the original, he responded with an earnest, “Oh yeah.”
Asked if Winona Ryder would be included in the cast, Burton promised, “”Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.”
Let’s be clear, we love ourselves some Winona. She was killer in Black Swan, and totally deserves a career comeback like her former Beetlejuice co-star is currently enjoying with the success of Birdman. But is Burton really the one to deliver such a return to the spotlight?
Nonetheless, Burton goes on, “I worked with [Ryder on The Killer’s video for “Here with Me.”] 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.”
We do too, Tim. But you’ve not been on the kind of streak lately that makes us trust you with his resurrection. Still, there may be a way to stop it. We may have to call on Batman.
Burton suggested a Beetlejuice sequel would only move into production with Keaton on board, saying, “Let’s put it this way. There’s only one Beetlejuice…I haven’t really yet spoken to (Keaton) because he’s out on his awards campaign (for Birdman), so can’t get to him now. ”
Funny enough, Birdman is about an actor who walked away from a beloved movie character to find more prestige in his career. With Keaton on the Oscar trail—and a frontrunner to boot—life may well imitate art here. Considering a previous incarnation of this sequel was Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, we think that’d be for the best.