Tim Burton is busy, as he always is. There’s the Johnny Depp-ledadaptation of the soap opera “Dark Shadows,” his long-running update of his “Frankenweenie” animated project, and his producing work on the live screen “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (in case you forgot about that one, not that you could). All of those projects look exciting, and we’re sure his legions of fans will flock to them in the theaters. But it’s another project that would get more casual moviegoers jazzed beyond jazzed — a sequel to “Beetlejuice,” his horror-comedy classic from the ’80s.
Talking to MTV News, Burton divulged a little about his thought process regarding any potential work on “Beetlejuice 2.”
“Yes. I love that character, and Michael [Keaton] is so great in it,” he told us. “I always think about how great and fun that character was, so I just said to [’Vampire Hunter’ writer] Seth [Grahame-Smith], ’If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I’ll look at it freshly.’ In the past, I tried some things, but that was way back when. He seemed really excited about it.”
Asked if anything’s been thrown out there, Burton replied simply: “No. I told him to try some stuff, but he hasn’t come back to me yet. Michael was so great in it. I’m sure he’d strangely tap right back into it.”
So, yes, not to get your hopes up. It’s probably a while away, but a mention is better than nothing. “Just check them all off till later,” he said. “Next year, we’ll take a look at them like Santa’s list. I’ll tell you yes or cross them off the list.”
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