It's sad times for 'Beetlejuice' fans, as it looks like the planned sequel may have been canned.
It looks like Michael Keaton will not be donning his titular character's trademark pinstriped suit anytime soon, as Tim Burton's sequel to the cult classic 'Beetlejuice' has been placed onto the waiting room shelf.
First reported three years ago in 2016, 'Beetlejuice 2' was confirmed by original director Tim Burton who said in an interview that the movie "is a go." He also boldly went on to say "We have the script in hand, everything is in place, all we need to do now is get ready to start filming." Some of the original cast were also set to appearance in the sequel, with Keaton and Winona Ryder having signed up to reprise their roles. Ryder also confirmed the sequel was in active development as far back as 2015.
Unfortunately, it seems the project never made it much further than the first draft of the script. According to USA Today, when the director was asked about what's been happening with 'Beetlejuice 2', he gave a blunt "Nothing, nothing." When asked to clarify if the sequel is still being made, he said "I don't know. I doubt it."
Warner Brothers have also made comment on their involvement in the project, with a spokeswoman from the studio saying "The project isn’t in active development." Just in case you didn't realise, the movie ain't happening.
It's probably best, in our opinion. The original is such a classic - does it really justify it having a sequel? With 'Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian' allegedly being planned a few years following the film's success (before being canned, too) - it seems like we might be better off not getting a sequel anytime soon.
It's not all bad news however, as the movie has its very own musical set to launch this month. 'Beetlejuice: The Musical' is set to open the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, on April 25th.
To remind yourselves of one of the best scenes from the original movie, here's everyone at the dinner party having a jolly song and dance to the 'Banana Boat Song'.