Fans have been waiting for “Beetlejuice 2” since the comedy horror first opened in theaters in 1988. It has been almost three decades since Michael Keaton appeared on the big screen as the iconic bio-exorcist. But will the actor be replaced by Johnny Depp in the revival?
According to Collider, “Beetlejuice 2” has yet to be confirmed. Director Tim Burton himself is unsure if the project would ever push through. However, he said he’d be willing to direct it again if given the chance. “There’s nothing concrete yet,” he explained. “[But it is] something that I’m interested in… It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances…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]…So it’s something that if the elements are right.”
The director also denied that he is considering replacing Keaton with another actor. “There’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that,” he said. “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… because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see.”
If the reboot does push through, “Beetlejuice” star Winona Ryder also thinks Keaton should not be replaced. “It was an iconic film. The only way it could really ever be done is with Tim and Michael,” she said in a separate interview with Collider. But she was quick to clarify that she also isn’t sure if the sequel will ever be made. “I don’t really know what’s going on with that,” she explained. “It’s interesting. I think it would be great if it happened if it was the right circumstances.”