FACT CHECK: Is ‘Beetlejuice II’ Coming To Theaters?
The Facebook page Horror Vibes posted a video that portrayed itself as a trailer for “Beetlejuice II,” the sequel to the 1988 comedy horror flick.
“It’s about time Michael Keaton returns as Beetlejuice!” the page wrote.
The trailer is fan-made. A sequel is not in “active development,” according to a spokeswoman for Warner Brothers.
While “Beetlejuice” has now become a Broadway musical, there is no indication that it will be getting a sequel anytime soon.
The 1988 film, starring Michael Keaton as the title character, was directed by Tim Burton. Rumors of a sequel have persisted for years, so much so that an IMDB page has been created for it. However, despite fan’s best hopes, the movie trailer is fake.
Warner Brothers, whose logo is featured in the trailer, did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment, however, a spokeswoman for the company, Candice McDonough, told USA Today in April that the project was not in active development.
Instead of scenes for a sequel, the trailer posted by Horror Vibes is simply a well-made compilation of video clips from television shows and commercials. The clips of a couple running through a park, kissing and then getting engaged, for example, were taken from an Extra Gum commercial. No indication was given, either in the post or the video, that the trailer was fan-made and not official.
When asked recently if a “Beetlejuice” sequel would be made, Burton said, “I don’t know. I doubt it.”
He told Collider back in 2016 that a sequel would need to be made under the “right circumstances.”
“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. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy,” Burton said. “So it’s something that if the elements are right – because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.”
Similar claims of a sequel have originated through fake movie posters, which have also been debunked.
At the time of publication, the Horror Vibes trailer had been viewed 1.7 million times.