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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 8:53am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Although Tim Burton, who does repeat themes/tropes/motifs, has probably went to the well once too often for my liking, the fact is, in 1988, BEETLEJUICE felt fresh. I derived much enjoyment from it.

Since at least 1992, there have been rumours of a sequel. I remember picking up a music magazine, around 1992/93, and seeing reports of the sequel being close to getting the green light.

Fast forward 25+ years...

I wasn't enamoured with some of the ideas that had been mentioned. One magazine reported that the sequel would have seen Beetlejuice in Hawaii and taking part in a surfing competition. Not too keen on that idea, if I'm honest.

There were rumours of a sequel about seven years ago. The rumour mill started again in late 2017 (screenwriter Mike Vukadinovich was associated with the project).

If done right, I'd like a sequel. I am not a person who wants to see a sequel for the sake of it (especially the Hawaii surfing idea!). Integrity and a good story are more important to me. I can't help but think that there are more stories to tell involving the character. If done right, it could be fun to catch up with him.

Nothing seems to stay in development hell forever. A fourth Indiana Jones did get made eventually. So did an INDEPENDENCE day sequel. So I won't write off a BEETLEJUICE sequel forever.

That said, after 25+ years of "false starts" and rumours without foundation, I wouldn't be surprised if it never happened.
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 9:00am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Hidden under that makeup, Michael Keaton could probably still pull it off.
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 9:08am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I'm sure he could. I can't envision anyone else in the role.

Although there have been further tales via the animated series and comics, I haven't experienced those.
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 12:04pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

In the current climate, I can imagine a remake would be more likely. Has there ever been a sequel in any franchise of a similar gap?  
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 12:19pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Well, not quite the same period of time, but there was RETURN TO OZ...
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 1:11pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Were there any Black actors in BEETLE JUICE? I can't recall a single one.
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No-one who featured prominently, no (for instance, one was the witch doctor at the end, who was black, but he had about 60-90 seconds of screen time and didn't speak).

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Wow. Under representation bordering on negative numbers!

Today, I'd bet that witch doctor character would be attacked as racist!

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Well, not quite the same period of time, but there was RETURN TO OZ...

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Crikey. Of course. Good shout, sir.
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Jumanji comes close, I guess, with 22 years between original and sequel.
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25 years between the Hustler and the Color of Money.
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Posted: 18 March 2018 at 8:01pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I only want a Beetlejuice sequel if Winona Ryder is involved but Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are not. (Unless they're disembodied voices, that is. CGIing them would be lousy.)
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23 years between "Tron" in 1982 and "Tron: Legacy" in 2005. And both with Jeff Bridges, no less!

Brian F. - you mean you don't think 45 and Melania would be hilarious in Beetlejuice? "Beetlejuice 1600!" :)
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Were there any Black actors in BEETLE JUICE? I can't recall a single one.

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Yes, but mainly "background" characters.  I know there was a preacher character who was black.
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My fear with a 'Beetlejuice' sequel is that the creators will forget he's the antagonist in the story.
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In many ways, lots of antagonist/dark characters go down that path. 

From Dr. Smith - who went from nasty piece of work to avuncular prat - in LOST OF SPACE to the likes of Freddy Krueger, it seems like movie franchises want to turn people into anti-heroes.
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I could see a screenplay scenario wherein a dark and treacherous couple of wanna-be, would-have-been sorcerers summons Beetlejuice as a "bio-exorcist" to clear the living from a house filled with evil, demonic tomes and treasures. He declines, so they find a book with the pages flipped open to a particularly nasty spell to summon multiple spirits, and in so doing, they bring about a demonic apocalypse that only Beetlejuice can stop... It's only when he's got the entirety of Hell itself on the run that he decides this all sets him up pretty nicely and becomes the worst of the lot, ready to seize ultimate power. It's only when the evil couple's innocent little girl places herself in mortal danger to save the family puppy that he relents and it all comes crashing in on top of him, literally, crushing him flat and plunging him into the deepest, darkest realms of eternal damnation where he's still able to do all right for himself somehow.

Not that I'd want to see that onscreen, but it writes itself. 

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Posted: 31 March 2018 at 7:35am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

WB has wanted to do this for years. The
proposed sequel, according to multiple
sources over the years was BEETLEJUICE
GOES HAWAIIAN.
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I read an article recently, and according to it BEETLEJUICE GOES HAWAIIAN was pitched to make sure that there wasn't a sequel. Tim Burton was sure that the idea would be a total dud.

Larry Wilson, who co-created Beetlejuice, had an idea for a sequel. But that wasn't it.

Personally, I think it is far too late to do a sequel. 

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 Matthew Wilkie wrote:
...Has there ever been a sequel in any franchise of a similar gap?...


Going way back, and I wonder if this would have been the first time for this sort of thing, Harold Lloyd's "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock" (1947 - AKA, "Mad Wednesday") was a sequel to "The Freshman" (1925).


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The Road Warrior Trilogy finished in 1985 and the next one came out in 2015. Maybe not exactly a direct sequel but in the same universe.
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Do reboots count as "the same universe"?
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I, personally, would not count reboots as "the same universe". 
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I was just reading an article today about Mary Poppins Returns -- being produced over 50 years after the original. Of course it will star (and be produced) by totally different people but it is a sequel with many of the same characters. 
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I don't think Mad Max: Fury Road was intended as a reboot, at least not according to George Miller. He calls it a "revisit" as in it exists in the same universe even though Max is played by a different actor and likens it to James Bond, which while it had lots of different actors playing Bond, didn't get an actual reboot until the most recent Casino Royale movie. Not sure why they thought Bond needed a reboot either, since he'd been played by so many different actors and people got it without it ever needing a reboot, unless they were just out of ideas and wanted to start using the same Fleming stories again. 
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