Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
Yes, I went there. That was my attempt to conjure up the Beetlejuice sequel, like, now. Okay, I know I will still have a while to wait, but one can wish, right?
We reported last month that Tim Burton desperately wants Winona Ryder to return for the role of Lydia. And that last year on the red carpet at the Robocop premiere Michael Keaton said it would be difficult to turn down the chance to return to our favorite undead character.
Today we learn that scriptwriter, Seth Graham-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), has written the script with every intention for the return of Michael Keaton.
This is exciting news because what is a Beetlejuice sequel without Beetlejuice himself? This is one of those parts where I would never want to see anyone replace the original and if that happened I would say no go on the sequel because it would have me asking:
But it looks like there is every intention on Keaton’s return.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Graham-Smith revealed that the sequel is going to take place in the present day and with the Beetlejuice character he will follow a “less is more” approach. In the original movie Keaton didn’t appear until halfway through and it looks like that will be the same with the sequel.
I’m okay with that. Half the fun of the movie is the buildup to the title character. I mean, as fun as he is you can only take so much of his mischievous ways before you want to send him back yourself.
For Tim Burton, who also directed the original, the fate of the sequel relies on Keaton’s return. In an interview with IGN last month Burton stated, “There’s only one Beetlejuice, and that’s Michael.” Same here, Tim Burton, same here.
Coming off his Golden Globe win last night for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for Birdman, Keaton will no doubt be celebrating, but I hope we hear confirmation soon enough that the actor will, in fact, be reprising his role in Beetlejuice 2. I hope they don’t make us wait too much longer or else
If it’s been a while since you’ve watched Beetlejuice be sure to refresh your memory with the entire movie in this single gif:
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