Like The Goonies, Beetlejuice is one of those rare 80s movies that never got a sequel. Though it has been threatened for years. And like The Goonies, those deeply involved with the original all claim that a sequel will happen sometime soon. In the case of Beetlejuice 2, things look a little darker than they did earlier in the year. Though original star Michael Keaton is supposedly ‘confirmed’ to return in the title role, he claims he was unaware that this long-awaited follow-up was even happening. And he doubts it ever will.
That’s not for a lack of trying, though. According to Keaton, he was an early proponent of making a sequel, and has always welcomed the idea. Over the past year, the idea that Beetlejuice 2 is actually happening has only escalated, with Tim Burton confirming it was moving forward, and Stranger Things star Winona Ryder claiming she would be back as Lydia. Then Seth Grahame-Smith admitted in January that he was deep into writing the sequel script.
Seth Grahame-Smith claims he’s been in contact with Michael Keaton, but to hear the Spider-Man: Homecoming actor tell it, that’s not necessarily true. Keaton wants the movie to happen. But he fears it’s an idea who’s time has come and gone, and that the opportunity is a missed one. He says these enthusiastic, yet doomed words about a possible Beetlejuice 2, as reported by Your Daily Dish.
“I f**king loved doing that movie. If I never did another thing, you could point to it and say, ‘There was never anything like that,’. So I always said, man let’s do that again. Whoever is in charge has had the opportunity to make it for many, many years. They should have just pulled the trigger and done it. But they didn’t, and it had nothing to do with me or Tim.”
Keaton goes onto claims that his continual denial that Beetlejuice 2 is happening keeps the idea alive, at least in the minds of fans. He says that a sequel should have happened no more than twenty years ago. 2018 will see the movie’s 30th Anniversary. He explains.
“I can go back 20 years, maybe longer, maybe I was the one who even brought it up. I maybe said, ‘If there’s one thing I’d like to remake it’s Beetlejuice’ – and that might be 20 years ago that I said it. Nobody paid attention, but all of a sudden people tell me, ‘I hear you’re doing it’, and I’m like ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about’. Wait a minute, am I crazy? Why are people still talking about this?”
Michael Keaton will next be seen on the big screen starring as fast food entrepreneur Ray Kroc, who helped establish McDonald’s as one of the largest restaurant chains in the world. It hits theaters in January. He will then appear as villain The Vulture in Sony and Marvel Studio’s summer 2017 release Spider-Man: Homecoming. Would he like to return as The Ghost with the Most in the near future? Sure. But according to him, it probably will never happen.