Don’t pick up the Handbook for the Recently Deceased just yet. Tim Burton’s long-awaited sequel to Beetlejuice won’t be haunting theaters anytime soon.
Back in March, the Internet screamed “Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse!” when reports incorrectly quoted the filmmaker as having received the green light from Warner Bros. Two months later, the tune hasn’t changed all that much. In a recent interview, Burton offered an update on the long gestating project:
“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. 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’s amazing as that character, so we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”
Having said that, he did admit “it’s something that I’m interested in,” adding, “[T]he fact of it is I have talked to Michael [Keaton] and I have talked to Winona [Ryder]. I’ve talked to a few people.” In the meantime, he’s busy tinkering his next film, an adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ best seller, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, due out September 30th.
Not to mention, um, that live action Dumbo film for Disney. Yeah.