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Michael Keaton Prasies ‘Beetlejuice 2’ for ‘Handmade’ Old School Effects

Michael Keaton Prasies ‘Beetlejuice 2’ for ‘Handmade’ Old School Effects

The ghost with the most is rising once again in Beetlejuice 2, and star Michael Keaton teases throwback 80s effects. The veteran actor recently revealed that he and director Tim Burton were initially cautious about reteaming for a sequel to the classic film. However, he said they ended up having a lot of fun working on it.

“We thought, ‘You got to get this right. Otherwise, just don’t do it. Let’s just go on with our lives and do other things.’ So I was hesitant and cautious, and [Burton] was probably equally as hesitant and cautious over all these years,” Keaton told People. “Once we got there, I said, ’OK, let’s just go for it. Let’s just see if we can do it, if we can pull this off.’”

Michael Keaton Loved the Practical Effects of ‘Beetlejuice 2’ After Years of ‘Standing in Front of a Giant Screen’

Michael Keaton mentioned that during early production of Beetlejuice 2, he and Burton agreed they weren’t keen on technology-heavy effects. “It had to feel handmade,” he explained. “What made it fun was watching somebody in the corner actually holding something up for you, to watch everybody in the shrunken head room and say, ‘Those are people under there, operating these things, trying to get it right.’” 

Keaton seemed to cast a bit of shade at recent special effects-driven films he’s been a part of, such as Spider-Man: Homecoming. “It’s the most exciting thing when you get to do that again after years of standing in front of a giant screen, pretending somebody’s across the way from you,” he said.

Meanwhile, ectoplasm is overflowing with anticipation for the forthcoming sequel. A teaser image was recently dropped for Beetlejuice 2, hinting that Keaton’s character’s number has finally been called after decades of waiting in purgatory.

Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara are back for Beetlejuice 2, tentatively titled Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, alongside Michael Keaton. The movie features Jenna Ortega, Willem Dafoe, Monica Bellucci, and Justin Theroux in fresh roles. reportedly, Ortega plays Lydia’s daughter, portrayed by Ryder. Meanwhile, Dafoe reportedly plays an afterlife law enforcement officer, and Bellucci embodies Beetlejuice’s wife.

The sequel reunites Ortega with the director of Wednesday, Tim Burton, alongside co-showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Filming concluded in Vermont in November. Burton’s next project is a remake of the 50’s sci-fi cult classic, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.