Beetlejuice 2 is without a doubt happening, though Warner Bros. has not issued a start date or a release for this highly-anticipated sequel which will see the return of the Ghost with the Most, originated by Michael Keaton. In previous interviews over the course of the last two years, actors Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, as well as director Tim Burton, have all confirmed they will return. But we haven't ever heard from the rest of the original cast. Until now. It seems Geena Davis is very open to returning.
By the time Beetlejuice 2 gets underway, it will be almost 30 years since the original opened in 1988. We've had to wait nearly two decades for a sequel to finally see the light of day. In the first movie, Geena Davis played the lovable ghost Barbara Maitland, who, along with her deceased husband, must call on Beetlejuice to rid their home of some unwanted guests. Speaking with ETOnline, the actress had this to say when asked if she would be returning for Beetlejuice 2 along with her co-stars.
"I did hear that it's really happening. No one's talked to me about it. I would love to! That was one of my favorite movies, too...But ghosts probably don't age, and it's going to be 30 years now. Of course, I haven't aged, but I think Alec Baldwin maybe has aged, perhaps."
Alec Baldwin played Barbara's husband Adam Maitland. As far as we know, he hasn't been asked to return, either. But Geena Davis brings up an interesting question. Will fans be wiling to accept that these ghosts have aged? Or is it possible for both to get a digital make-over? It doesn't sound like it's out of the realm of possibility. As long as it serves the story that is being told.
While Geena Davis has had her fare share of iconic roles over the years, including Thelma in Thelma & Louise and Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own, her Barabara is a beloved aspect of the original Beetlejuice. And it's a character most fans wouldn't mind seeing again. Geena Davis certainly seems game to reprise the role.
Seth Grahame-Smith, who is writing the sequel, has confirmed that the story takes place in present day. And like the original, there will be less of Beetlejuice than might be expected in a sequel. Not much is known about the sequel's actual storyline. But it seems that everyone involved in the movie is genuinely excited for it. Though, it doesn't sound like shooting will take place before the end of this year. And it may not even get going in 2016. Seth Grahame-Smith had previously teased that it could shoot at the end of 2015, but Tim Burton is still working on his next project, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which doesn't arrive until the spring. And his has a live-atcion Dumbo getting underway for Disney soon. We may not get to hear an official Beetlejuice 2 update until both movies are in theaters and out of the way.