When Winona Ryder confirmed, in August of 2015, that a sequel to Beetlejuice was in the works, fans were over the moon. Not long after, news came that Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) had been hired to pen the script. Today we can report that Tim Burton has confirmed that he will be directing Beetlejuice 2 and Winona Ryder, who played Lydia Deetz, and Michael Keaton, who played Beetlejuice in the 1988 classic, will both be returning for the long-awaited sequel. Geena Davis has also expressed interest, but has not been signed at this time.
In an interview with Showbiz Spy, Burton gave a huge update.
“The film is a go and has been approved by Warner Bros., we have talked with the cast members we wanted for the film and they are all on board, this includes both Winona and Michael,” Burton stated. “We have the script in hand – everything is in place all we need to do now is get ready to start filming.”
It seems that Beetlejuice 2 will soon begin filming and will hopefully arrive in theaters some time in late 2017 or early 2018.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice…
A few days ago, news that Tim Burton had commented in an interview with Showbiz Spy on the progress of Beetlejuice 2, spread over the internet. Today the rep for Tim Burton released a statement that the information was completely fabricated. And that Burton never said what was quoted. Unfortunately, Beetlejuice 2 is not in development at this time, according to Entertainment Weekly. It is sad that some people feel it necessary to fabricate news. We are just as disappointed as you are, but the project is not dead. The script is written. Winona Ryder, Michael Keaton and Tim Burton still want to make the film a reality. Hopefully the excitement of the fans over the news (false as it was) will spur the director into action.