– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In the last year or so, there has been a bit of a rollercoaster when it comes to news regarding a sequel to Tim Burton’s beloved 1988 film, BEETLEJUICE. First there were reports that the sequel was a “Go,” which caused a stir online that led to people getting really excited. 

Fan-made 'BEETLEJUICE 2' poster.

Fan-made ‘BEETLEJUICE 2’ poster.

But then, in subsequent months, both Burton and BEETLEJUICE star Winona Ryder came forward with comments that were variations of, “It could happen, but- as of now- it’s not” and “I never said it’s happening, and I doubt it will.”

Now we can add Beetlejuice himself, Michael Keaton, to the list of people who basically think we should all let it go.

No. Zero,” Keaton said, when Variety asked if he’d heard anything official lately about a BEETLEJUICE 2. “You always hear things, that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do.

Keaton added, frankly, that he thinks “it’s possible that ship has sailed.” But he then implies it’s not for a lack of wanting, but more that they’re all concerned that lightning won’t strike twice, and they’d rather leave it alone than embarrass themselves. “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,” Keaton said. “If you can’t get close to that, you leave it alone.

With that in mind, Keaton thinks it’s dangerous to revisit certain properties if you’re not certain you can get them absolutely right. “There are certain movies that are like Indian burial grounds. You never ride over them,” the actor explained. “Bad s— happens if you cross that. You don’t touch certain things. They are sacred.

I’m sure many fans feel the same way, and they probably rejoice in hearing someone from Hollywood say that. 

So that’s the latest, folks. It looks like the window to get a BEETLEJUICE 2 made has come and gone, and- from the sound of it- that’s fine. It was never something that needed a sequel anyway, and revisiting it would only be worth it if they were confident that it would be perfect. And that didn’t happen. Fine by me!

SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.