Tim Burton squashes 'Beetlejuice 2' rumors: 'There's nothing concrete yet'

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"Beetlejuice" director Tim Burton has set the record straight on reports of a sequel in the works, and although he's "interested in" making one, "there's nothing concrete yet."

"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," the filmmaker told Collider. "It's not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it's not the 'Beetlejuice' trilogy. So it's something that if the elements are right–because I do love the character and Michael [Keaton] is amazing as that character, so yeah we'll see. But there's nothing concrete yet."

In 2013, news broke that Burton was officially in talks to direct the sequel for Warner Bros., with Keaton expected to reprise his role as the titular fast-talking, black-and-white stripe-wearing ghost with the most.

Rumors that the film was moving forward have surfaced since, and in March, reports circulated once again that "Beetlejuice 2" had a script and Winona Ryder and Keaton were expected to return. However, Burton's rep denied those claims, saying that the reports were based on fabricated quotes from the director.

Last year, Ryder told Seth Meyers that the sequel to the 1988 comedy was happening. "I think I can confirm it, because Tim Burton did this interview — like, it was very hush hush, top secret ... and then he was doing some press for 'Big Eyes' and he did an on-camera interview and he said, 'Oh yeah we're doing it and Winona's going to be in it,' and I was like [shocked face]."

But after three years of back and forth, Burton seems to be shutting down production rumors — for now.

"This is the thing, it's something that I'm interested in, but there's so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I've talked to these people and they didn't wanna hear this so they just made up a story," Burton commented on the fabricated statements. "But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I've talked to a few people."

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY; NO NORTH AMERICAN ON-AIR BROADCAST UNTIL FEBRUARY 28, 2013) Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton attend the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF13/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton arrive at the 85th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton are seen on March 20, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by JJ/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Actress Helena Bonham Carter and Director Tim Burton arrive on the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter attend The EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 at The Royal Opera House on February 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: (NO UK MONTHLY MAGAZINES OR ASSOCIATED WEBSITES. EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Actress Helena Bonham Carter (L) and director Tim Burton attend an after party following the London Critics Circle Film Awards at Quince Restaurant, The May Fair Hotel on January 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 13: Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: (l-R) Actresses Anjelica Huston, Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton attend the 38th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at InterContinental Hotel on January 12, 2013 in Century City, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter attend the BAFTA Los Angeles 2013 Awards Season Tea Party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton attend the 56th BFI London Film Festival Awards at the Banqueting House on October 20, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) (L to R) Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Walker attend a private view of 'Tim Walker: Story Teller' supported by Mulberry at Somerset House on October 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Helena Bonham Carter (L) and Tim Burton attends a private view of 'Tim Walker: Story Teller' supported by Mulberry at Somerset House on October 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton attend the 56th BFI London Film Festival Awards at Banqueting House on October 20, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Helena Bonham Carter and filmmaker Tim Burton attend the opening night film of the 56th BFI London Film Festival 'Frankenweenie 3D' at Odeon Leicester Square on October 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter attend the Premiere of 'Frankenweenie' at the opening of the BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton attend the European Premiere of Dark Shadows at Empire Leicester Square on May 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Tim Burton and Helena Bonham-Carter attend the UK premiere of Dark Shadows at Empire Leicester Square on May 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter attend the'Dark Shadows' European film premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on May 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter attend the UK premiere of 'Dark Shadows' at The Empire Leicester Square on May 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Helena Bonham Carter (L) and Tim Burton arrive at the Jameson Empire Awards at Grosvenor House on March 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton (R) attend the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 After Party on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II meets actress Helena Bonham Carter (3-R) and her director husband Tim Burton (L) at a reception to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the year Charles Dickens was born, at Buckingham Palace, London on February 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ Sean Dempsey (Photo credit should read SEAN DEMPSEY/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter attend The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 afterparty at The Grosvenor House Hotel on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Director Tim Burton (L) and actress Helena Bonham Carter arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Sir Christopher Lee, winner of the Academy Fellowship, poses in the press room with Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton during the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 13, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Helena Bonham Carter and filmmaker Tim Burton attend the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 13, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Director Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter present Sir Christopher Lee with the Academy Fellowship in front of the winners boards at the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2011 held at The Royal Opera House on February 13, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 06: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton arrive at the Philips British Academy Television Awards at the London Palladium on June 6, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Helena Bonham Carter And Tim Burton Arriving For The Bafta Television Awards At The London Palladium. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Helena Bonham Carter at Marion Cotillard And Tim Burton Honoured With The Titles Chevalier Des Arts Et Lettres At The French Culture Ministry In Paris . (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS - MARCH 15: Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter (L) arrive for the premiere of Burton's film 'Alice au pays des merveilles' at Theatre Mogador on March 15, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS - MARCH 15: Director Tim Burton poses with partner Helena Bonham Carter after being awarded the Order of Arts and Letters at Ministere de la Culture on March 15, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
(From L) US film director Tim Burton and French actress Marion Cotillard pose with French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand and Tim Burton's wife, British actress Helena Bonham Carter, after being awarded respectively Officer and Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters on March 15, 2010 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 26: Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton arrive for the Royal World Premiere of 'Alice in Wonderland' at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 26, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Helena Bonham Carter attends the Royal World Premiere of Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
British actress Helena Bonham-Carter and US director Tim Burton attends the world premier of 'Alice in Wonderland' at the Odeon Cinema in London's Leicester Square on February 25, 2010. Cinema chain Odeon decided to screen Tim Burton's new movie 'Alice In Wonderland' in Britain, Ireland and Italy after resolving a row with Disney, hours before the world premiere. Odeon had previously said it would boycott the 3D feature film at its theatres in the three European countries in protest at Disney's plans to release the DVD of the film earlier than usual. AFP PHOTO / Carl Court (Photo credit should read Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Actresses Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, actor Johnny Depp and actress Mia Wasikowska attend the Royal World Premiere of Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland' at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Helena Bonham Carter attends a Tribute to Tim Burton at The Museum of Modern Art on November 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 17: Director Tim Burton, famed for his quirky style in 'Beetlejuice,' 'Batman' and 'Edward Scissorhands,' among others, is joined by frequent collaborator Helena Bonham Carter last night at tribulte to filmmaker at the Museum of Modern Art. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 30: Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton attend the Museum of British Folklore Fete at The English Folk Dance And Song Society on April 30, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Veronica Wadley,Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter attend the 2008 Standard Film Awards Dinner on February 3, 2008 at the Ivy in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Director Tim Burton (L) and actress Helena Bonham Carter attend the European film premiere of 'Sweeney Todd', at the Odeon Leicester Square January 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: 64th Venice Film Festival. U.S director Tim Burton, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement given by Johnny Depp In Venice, Italy On September 05, 2007-Tim Burton's wife actress Helena Bonham Carter. (Photo by Pool CATARINA/VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Director Tim Burton and wife Helena Bonham Carter attend the Tim Burton Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony in Venice during day 8 of the 64th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2007 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
LONDON - JULY 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter arrive at the European premiere of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix at Odeon Leicester Square on July 3, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Helena Bonham Carter & Tim Burton Attend Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix Uk Film Premiere In London. . (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
FRANCE - MAY 19: Cannes film festival: Stairs of 'Volver' in Cannes, France On May 19, 2006-Tim Burton with his wife Helena Bonham Carter. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/CATARINA/LEGRAND/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton during 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at Morton's in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Vanity Fair Magazine )
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter during 'Edward Scissorhands' West End Premiere and Press Night - Arrivals at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, Great Britain. (Photo by James Quinton/WireImage)
LONDON - OCTOBER 17: Director Tim Burton arrives with wife Helena Bonham-Carter at the UK Premiere of 'The Corpse Bride' at the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square on October 17 2005 in London. (Photo by Chris Harding/Getty Images)
FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 27: Photo Call Tim Burton And Helena Bonham Carter In Paris - On September 27Th, 2005 - In Paris, France - Here, Helena Bonham Carter And Tim Burton (Photo by Serge BENHAMOU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter at the Sutton Place in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton arriving via boat (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton during 2005 Venice Film Festival - 'Corpse Bride' - Photocall at Venice Lido in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Goffredo di Crollalanza/FilmMagic)
VENICE, Italy: US director Tim Burton jokes with his wife English actress Helena Bonham Carter as they leave the Lido, 08 September 2005, during the 62nd Venice International Film Festival. 'Corpse Bride ' by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson was presented out of competition. AFP PHOTO/ Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: 62nd Venice Film Festival. Premiere of the movie 'Tim Burton's corpse bride' by U.S director Tim Burton In Venice, Italy On September 07, 2005-Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter. (Photo by Pool CATARINA/VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: 62nd Venice Film Festival. Premiere of the movie 'Tim Burton's corpse bride' by U.S director Tim Burton In Venice, Italy On September 07, 2005-Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter. (Photo by Pool CATARINA/VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter Attend The 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' Uk Film Premiere In London. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter during 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' London Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON - MAY 5: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham-Carter attend the launch party for British handbag and accessories designer Lulu Guinness at the Victoria and Albert Museum on May 5, 2005 in London. The party is celebrating the Guinness?s publication, ?Put On Your Pearls Girls!' that will be out May 5, 2005. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton during 2004 BAFTA Awards - Inside Arrivals at The Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
LONDON - JANUARY 19: Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter arrive for the UK Premiere of 'Big Fish' at the Warner Village West End on January 19, 2004 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 5: Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton attend the Helen Fielding Book launch of 'Olivia Joules' at The Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall on November 5, 2003 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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