Since 1988, fans have waited patiently for a sequel to the cult classic, Beetlejuice. Well, it looks like that wait is almost over.
A sequel (Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian) script was originally written to have Beetlejuice win a surf contest against an evil Kahuna ghost in Hawaii that was awoken by the Deetz family who developed a resort above the spirit. Luckily the script never made it to the big screen.
Over the years, a Beetlejuice sequel has suffered from writing issues. In 2011, Warner Bros. hired Seth Grahame-Smith, the screenwriter for Dark Shadows, to develop a new script which was finally completed in 2015.
Tim Burton, director of Beetlejuice, opted in for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in 2016 instead of jumping on to direct the Beetlejuice sequel. He then agreed to keep himself busy with the 2019 Disney project, Dumbo, where he worked with Keaton.
As it stands, Winona Ryder confirmed the sequel is happening, as did Tim Burton in interviews. Keaton will always return as Beetlejuice if Burton is directing.
2020: Beetlejuice 2 has very recently been added to Tim Burton’s IMDB profile as his next movie, but a release date has yet to be confirmed.