Beetlejuice 2: Michael Keaton doesn't think sequel will get made

'It's possible that ship has sailed'

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 28 July 2016 08:14 BST

1988 horror comedy Beetlejuice is an endlessly watchable and supremely hilarious romp that remains one of director Tim Burton's greatest films to this very day. An unnecessary but extremely welcome sequel has become something of a Hollywood legend since a script began being written in 2011.

Despite fuel being added over the past six months (with a little help from Winona Ryder who's currently starring in Netflix smash Stranger Things), it finally seemed the follow-up was underway.

However, Keaton - who has been cast in Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming - extinguished fans' hopes In an interview with Variety when asked if he had heard anything about the film's status.

He replied:

"No. Zero. You always hear things, that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do... It's possible that ship has sailed."

That sounds fairly empirical to us, Beetlejuice fans. He went on to add: “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. If you can’t get close to that, you leave it alone."

The original film starred Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin as a deceased couple attempting to rid their house of new tenants.

Earlier on this year, Birdman actor Keaton told The Independent that the character was the only one he'd ever "like to try and do again."

Burton's next film is Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children while Keaton will star in McDonald's drama The Founder.

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