8. Beetlejuice 2: Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian
Just the title “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian” is probably enough to explain why this unmade sequel is weird, but indulge us, because it’s a truly bewildering tale. 1988’s Beetlejuice was a big success for director Tim Burton, who quickly moved on to make a handful of iconic movies in the years that followed. It followed the titular “bio-exorcist”, a spirit that specializes in scaring the living, as he is employed by a recently deceased couple to remove the Deetz family from their former home.
Beetlejuice‘s popularity created interest in a sequel, and a script was penned. Titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, the script reportedly concerned the Deetz family opening a Hawaiian resort on an ancient Native American burial ground. There was apparently also a surfing contest, which Beetlejuice would have won using magic. (Yes, really.)
Thankfully, Burton opted instead to make Batman Returns, and then moved on to The Nightmare Before Christmas. Time passed, and interest in the project dwindled, and Beetlejuice goes Hawaiian was shelved. Hopefully, the script is never dusted off and put to use, but honestly, we aren’t convinced it was ever a real possibility in the first place – surely Tim Burton was just pulling some studio executive’s leg, right?