The long-awaited sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 film “Beetlejuice” may FINALLY be coming to fruition. Warner Bros. Pictures has set a release date for the sequel. And as we all know, a release date is basically a promise ring in the world of cinema.
The original film starred Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, and Alec Baldwin. Keaton will reprise his role as the titular ghost with the most. New reports indicate Ryder will also be returning. It has recently been rumored “Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega will be playing the daughter of Lydia Deetz (Ryder). There was also that little reveal from frequent Burton collaborator Danny Elfman that he’ll be returning as well.
“Beetlejuice 2” does already have a script, from “Wednesday” creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Which does strengthen the argument that Burton will return to the director’s chair. Since Burton executive produced “Wednesday” and directed some episodes, they already have a working relationship.
The original “Beetlejuice” raked in $80 million off of a $15 million budget. It has since been turned into an animated series and musical, cementing it in the pop culture zeitgeist. Its sequel has been long discussed with many different rumors about writers attached. Burton has added to the confusion by publicly going back and forth on his desire to do a sequel. While artists are more than entitled to change their minds, this waffling did fuel the rumor mill.
It seemed as if “Beetlejuice 2” would stay a pipe dream until recently when Ortega entered the chat. While the ink isn’t dry yet, it sure seems like she has officially joined the film. Some production has already started, and cameras are expected to roll this summer in London.
“Beetlejuice 2″ will hit theaters September 6th, 2024
We’ll keep you posted on “Beetlejuice 2” as it develops.