Tim Burton’s output has got increasingly varied in quality as time has gone on with Dumbo being something of a disappointment but 1988 supernatural comedy “Beetlejuice” was a big hit and there’s been talk of a sequel and seemed to be in development in the early 1990s and then petered out. Then, first in 2013 and later in 2016 it started moving again before faltering and there’s been nothing since. So is Beetlejuice 2 cancelled?
Many of the original cast as well as the studio were in talks about it and writers such as Seth Grahame-Smith and Mike Vukadinovich seemed to be gearing up to return for the sequel and it was only a year or so ago that Warner Bros. Pictures were still actively developing the film. But now, Is Beetlejuice 2 cancelled?
Reports now say that the studio is no longer developing the film with a spokeswoman saying: “The project isn’t in active development.” Added to this is Burton’s reply when asked what was happening with the film he replied, “Nothing, nothing. I don’t know. I doubt it [will happen].”
And further still one of the films original writers Larry Wilson, has gone on record saying, “The bottom line is, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are not going to think about a Beetlejuice sequel unless it somehow catches the energy of the first film. And that’s not easy. Beetlejuice really was lightning in a bottle. But there have been discussions since it really shocked everyone in 1988. And in terms of Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, wiser heads prevailed. Thank God there’s a level of integrity here.”
Though Tim Burton, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder have expressed interest in returning for a sequel it now looks for certain that the answer to the question, ‘Is Beetlejuice 2 cancelled? The answer would seem to be undoubtedly, ‘Yes’.
Source: USA Today