Following months of rumors and false reports, director Tim Burton has set the record straight regarding the status -- or lack thereof -- of a sequel to "Beetlejuice." While speaking to Collider, the director revealed that while he's interested in doing "Beetlejuice 2" and has talked to original stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, the film is still not officially in the works.
“This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story," said Burton. "But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel]. It’s not the 'Beetlejuice' trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right -- because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”
The 1988 film featured Keaton as the titular ghost tasked with scaring a family out of a home by any means necessary. Ryder starred as Lydia Deetz, the goth daughter of the haunted couple. The film grossed four times its budget, earning $73.7 million. Burton's next film, "Alice Through the Looking Glass," opens on May 27.