In an age where Hollywood apparently solely exists on making sequels, rebooting old movies and bringing comic books to the silver screen, it came as no surprise that eventually someone would convince
perpetual goth kid director Tim Burton to finally make a follow-up to his 1988 hit movie, “Beetlejuice.” And this time, those ideas of the ghost with the most “going Hawaiian“ are seemingly off the table.
According to Consequence of Sound, the sequel will be set in modern times. Winona Ryder, according to Tim Burton, is interested in returning as Lydia, the mopey teenager who rebels against her parents by hanging out with the ghosts of Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis’
film careers characters trapped in limbo in the after world.
That leaves the one name that pretty much needs to be attached to the project, Michael Keaton, to realistically make this happen. He has stated he is interested in returning to the sleaze-ball ghost, and if it’s anything like the first film, Beetlejuice himself might only take up limited time on-screen. In the 1988 movie, “the character only has 17 minutes of screen time out of a 92-minute running time,” according to the Huffington Post column linked above.
Personally, this is a movie I loved growing up and despite my frustration with Hollywood relying on established franchises to reboot or make endless sequels to, I would welcome a return to “Beetlejuice.” This movie, and the first Batman movie, are really the only Burton movies I can still watch fondly.