From left: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, and Alex Baldwin in Beetlejuice.
Warner Bros. Pictures
May 10, 2016

Tim Burton wants to set the record straight on Beetlejuice 2. The filmmaker behind the supernatural (and super-funny) cult classic film that starred Michael Keaton as the titular ghost has been fending off rumors of a sequel since the film came out in 1988.

The rumor mill went into overdrive last year when it was reported that Burton had asked Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to pen a sequel to the dark comedy. The whispers seemed to be confirmed when star Winona Ryder said a sequel was happening. But those rumors may have been premature. At a press conference for his upcoming film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a reporter for fan site Collider asked the filmmaker to set the record straight.

“I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people,” Burton said, but didn’t have any details to offer, because (brace yourselves, Beetlejuice fans) nothing official is in the works.

“It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right,” the filmmaker told Collider. “It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right–because I do love the character and Michael [Keaton] is amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”

Maybe a sequel will happen more quickly if we all say Beetlejuice three times?

[H/T The Wrap]

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