Michael Keaton has put a spanner in the works of Beetlejuice 2, admitting the ship may have sailed.
The Hollywood veteran first starred as undead anti-hero Beetlejuice in Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic, with Winona Ryder, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin also featuring.
It’s long been rumoured that a second flick was in the pipeline, and earlier this year (16) the franchise got a boost when Tim confirmed everything was in a place for the rumoured return. However things might not be going as smoothly as first hoped.
“No. Zero. You always hear things, that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do,” Michael told Variety of a sequel. “It’s possible that ship has sailed.”
He adds that he loves the character, but would only be on board with the second installment if the script and production were perfect.
“The only way to do it is to do it right,” he said. “So much of it was improvised and so much was beautifully handmade by the artist that is Tim Burton. If you can’t get close to that, you leave it alone.”
Oscar-nominee Tim echoed the sentiments in May during a chat with Collider, saying he also wanted the setting to be “right”.
“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,” Tim shared. “It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out (for a sequel); it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy.”
In the meantime Michael is busy with new Marvel flick Spider-Man: Homecoming, historical drama The Founder and thriller American Assassin, while Tim is in the post production stages of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.