Michael Keaton, professional dream-crusher, says he hasn’t heard anything about the oft-rumored sequel to 1988’s “Beetlejuice.”
“No, zero,” Keaton, who played the title character in the cult hit, told Variety when asked if he knows anything about a sequel. “You always hear things, that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do.”
Original film star Winona Ryder previously teased a sequel, telling Seth Meyers in August 2015 that she “thinks [she] can confirm it,” with both original director Tim Burton and Keaton on board. Burton later revealed in May that a sequel is not officially in the works, but he was still interested in doing it.
Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t look like Keaton was ever contacted about appearing in the flick, and he might not be willing to reprise the role. “It’s possible that ship has sailed,” he said.
On the plus side, Keaton does feel similarly to a lot of the fans who believe the original film should be allowed to stand as is. “The only way to do it is to do it right. So much of it was improvised and so much was beautifully handmade by the artist that is Tim Burton,” the actor said. “If you can’t get close to that, you leave it alone. There are certain movies that are like Indian burial grounds. You never ride over them. Bad shit happens if you cross that. You don’t touch certain things. They are sacred.”
Keaton is currently filming “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” where he is expected to play the film’s villain.
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