Burton Offers “Beetlejuice 2” Update

In the last year or two it looked as if the sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 supernatural comedy “Beetlejuice” was picking up steam. Burton had agreed to let screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (“Dark Shadows”) pen a script for a follow-up, but since then there’s been numerous rumors that have been loud enough that even former cast members have discussed it on talk shows.

Burton has stayed fairly quiet about it, but speaking with Collider this week he cleared things up in regards to the online rumor mill:

“This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people.

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 yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”

Burton is still slated to helm the live-action “Dumbo” film for Disney.