‘Beetlejuice 2’ depends on script, says Tim Burton

Burton directed the 1988 original starring Michael Keaton, but seems cautious about a sequel

Tim Burton has said he will only make a second Beetlejuice film if the script is up to scratch.

Last May (2012), screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith revealed that he was penning a sequel to Burton’s spooky 1988 comedy, which starred Michael Keaton as a ghost who scares away humans for the benefit of other ghosts. Grahame-Smith – who also wrote the screenplay for Burton’s 2012 movie Dark Shadows – said the new film would not be a “remake” or “reboot”, but “a true sequel with Michael Keaton as the title character”.

Speaking that June, Burton seemed keen to revive Beetlejuice, saying at the time: “That’s, like, one of my favourite characters I’ve ever dealt with… I would love to revisit that character at some point.” However, in a new interview with Vulture, the director has spoken more cautiously.

He said: “Those were fun characters, but I’d have to see what the script was like and if it was worth doing – I can’t just make it because it’s one of the worst 10 movies of the year! The first two films I did, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice, made the 10-worst-movies-of-the-year lists. Then, years later, people said they were my best movies. What? So if those were my best, I’m in real trouble.”

Burton reunited with Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara, both of whom appeared in Beetlejuice, for his most recent movie Frankenweenie, a family-friendly take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The film comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on February 25.