It has been announced that TIm Burton is in talks to direct a sequel to his 1988 film Beetlejuice. The black and white striped suited demon proved to be so popular on film that it was turned into an animated series. Up until now, a Beetlejuice sequel has been nothing but a rumour for years, but it looks like it’s finally going into production. With Burton looking back on some of his older work for inspiration, I took a look back too, at what other films of his deserve a sequel too.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Written by Burton, (not directed like many people believe!) Nightmare is one of his most recognisable pieces to date. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, gets bored with Halloween and tries to take over Christmas. Although Burton has categorically stated that there will never be a sequel to NBC, I will never stop hoping! We’ve already seen the numerous doors on the trees in Holiday Land so why not have Jack take a different one? We saw the Easter Bunny make an appearance in the original after being kidnapped by Lock, Shock and Barrel so it seems only right that Jack pay him a visit to apologise!
4. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
I’m aware that many of you might have screamed “No!” at your screen seeing this beautiful piece on the list, but hear me out. In the original, old Kim is telling the story of Edward to her granddaughter. Surely that child must’ve been intrigued by the excentric tale dear old granny told her and would want to explore it for herself. She would adventure through the overgrown gates into a beautifully manicured garden – complete with topiary dinosaur – and into the house. May Edward is still alive, maybe he’s died but his love for Kim is clear – love notes carved into the walls, sculptures of her. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? It may be more of a short film idea but I really would love to find out what happened to Edward.
3. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
This is a bit obvious really! Burton’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel got some mixed reviews, but personally I loved it. Carroll’s sequel “Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There” is weirder and trippier than the original and looks right up Burton’s street! It is rumoured that a sequel is in the works with a screenplay with Linda Woolverton returning to write it. Nothing else has really been revealed so far, so let’s just hope Burton’s up for returning to the weird and wonderful Wonderland.
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Again, a fairly obvious choice. Burton paired with his usual partner of Johnny Depp to create a new take on Roald Dahl’s chocolately adventure. Dahl wrote a sequel to the book, “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”. Another weird and wonderful adventure that would suit Burton down to the ground. Not only would we get to see more of Depp’s eccentric Wonka, but also get to know the wider Bucket family – as well as meeting the president and taking a trip to the Space Hotel! Sadly there’s been nothing planned for a sequel.
1. The World of Stain Boy (200)
This is going to sound like a bit of a strange one – mainly because it is! In 2000, Burton released a series of short films called The World of Stain Boy, based on a character from his book “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories”. The book contains many weird and wonderful characters from Stain Boy to the Boy With Nails In His Eyes. The stories give a glimpse inside the weird and wonderful mind of Burton and I’d love to see more of them. Maybe not as a feature length film, but shorts much like the World of Stain Boy would allow us to see more of Burton’s less mainstream work.