Big news, Beetlejuice fans. Creator Tim Burton announced on Instagram that Beetlejuice 2, the long-awaited sequel to the wonderfully weird ’80s classic, has finished filming.
This summer’s SAG-AFTRA strike brought production of the film to a halt. Luckily, however, they had a mere “day and a half” to go at the time. With the strike over, production ramped back up and was promptly completed.
Rumor has it that the crew was forced to consider a Christmas 2024 release date, due to the ongoing strikes. Because of the film’s fortunate timing, however, Beetlejuice 2 will meet the originally slated post-Labor Day weekend release date, an ideal window for horror flicks. The studio plans to maintain its September 6, 2024 release.
“I feel grateful we got what we got,” Burton told The Independent back in September. “Literally, it was a day and a half. We know what we have to do. It is 99 percent done.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas director has been open about his somewhat negative view of big studio movies, claiming they leave him more drained than fulfilled. Beetlejuice 2, however, he admitted was a different story. “On this last one, Beetlejuice 2, I really enjoyed it,” Burton said. “I tried to strip everything and go back to the basics of working with good people and actors and puppets. It was kind of like going back to why I liked making movies.”
Michael Keaton Calls ‘Beetlejuice 2’ the ‘Most F—in Fun’
It’s been 35 long years since the original Beetlejuice turned the concept of death into heartwarming, hilarious fun. But while belated sequels aren’t exactly known for their quality, Tim Burton isn’t the only one excited for the continuation of the professional poltergeist’s story. Michael Keaton, the actor behind the franchise’s iconic titular character, had nothing but glowing remarks about the project.
“Beetlejuice is the most f—in’ fun you can have working,” Keaton gushed to Empire Magazine. “It’s so fun, it’s so great. And you know what it is? We’re doing it exactly like we did the first movie. There’s a woman in the great waiting room for the afterlife literally with a fishing line – I want people to know this because I love it – tugging on the tail of a cat to make it move.”
“It has to be done as close to the way we made it the first time,” he continued. “Making stuff up, making stuff happen, improvising and riffing, but literally handmade stuff like people creating things with their hands and building something. F—in’ great. It’s the most fun I’ve had working on a movie in, I can’t tell you how long.”
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