Sorry, But That Beetlejuice 2 Trailer is Fake
I'm not even sure the bio-exorcist himself could bring back Beetlejuice for a sequel!
It's showtime! ....or is it?
In April of 2018 a Beetlejuice 2 teaser trailer hit YouTube, and lately it's been seen making the rounds on social media again. Unfortunately I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the trailer is fake. In fact in the comments someone even called out the opening scene being from an Extra gum commercial.
Super bummed, I know! Like many people, I love Beetlejuice! To this day it's remained one of my favorite movies. I grew up watching the animated Beetljuice tv show too. Plus Michael Keaton was just made to play the character of Beetljuice! And with a cast like Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, along with director Tim Burton the movie was destined to be great!
I decided to do a little digging and the most recent info on a Beetlejuice sequel I could find was from April of this year, from USA Today. When Tim Burton was asked about the Beetlejuice sequel he simply said there was nothing going on with it. And one of the original Beetlejuice screenwriters Larry Wilson said the following:
"The bottom line is, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are not going to think about a 'Beetlejuice' sequel unless it somehow catches the energy of the first film. And that’s not easy, 'Beetlejuice' really was lightning in a bottle. But there have been discussions since it really shocked everyone in 1988. (source)
I'm on the fence about the entire sequel thing. On one hand I LOVE Beetlejuice and would love to see the magic of Michael Keaton as him on the big screen again. However that being said, the movie is a classic, and I'm not sure we should mess with a good thing. Beetlejuice is already living on in a new Broadway show, maybe we should just allow it to take on new forms, without trying to re-create the magic that's already happened.