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Why Michael Keaton Had A Lot Of Early Concerns About ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel

Why Michael Keaton Had A Lot Of Early Concerns About ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel

Michael Keaton has a lot of respect for his role in Beetlejuice 2 but he wanted things to be done in a certain professional way. He did have some early concerns about the sequel using shortcuts for special effects. Once Keaton started talking about these things with director Tim Burton, Keaton eased into his fabled role.

Known for roles in Batman, Johnny Dangerously, and Night Shift, Keaton threw himself into playing an iconic character again. Getting it right, though, meant a lot to him and Burton.

“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 in an interview. “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 Wanted Real-Life Feel To ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel

With an influx of new technology flooding the movie industry, Keaton and Burton wanted a real-life feel to the movie. There was little interest in using CGI as part of the movie known as Beetlejuice Beetlejuice.

“It had to feel handmade,” Keaton, 72, said, according to Do You Remember? “What made it fun was watching somebody in the corner actually holding something up for you, to watch everybody in the shrunken headroom and say, ‘Those are people under there, operating these things, trying to get it right.’”

Besides Keaton, other cast members include Winona Ryder, Jenna Ortega, Willem Dafoe, Monica Bellucci, Catherine O’Hara, and Justin Theroux. Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is due to be released in September 2024.

While there are not a lot of plot details available, it would not surprise fans of this movie to see Beetlejuice up to some of his old tricks. He’s had since 1988 to learn a lot more.

And it will be cool to see Keaton back in a comedic role. He’s been able to show his more mature acting style throughout his career. One of his underrated movies was Clean and Sober, where Keaton played a man trying to stop his substance abuse addiction.

Dumping Green Screen Usage Just Fine With Keaton

Within the confines of Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, Keaton has enjoyed being involved in a tech-light production. It’s like turning the clock back to when these tech advances weren’t inundating films.

“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,” Keaton said.

Of course, the sequel will have elements of the macabre and horror. It probably could have subtle connections beyond the characters to the first movie. Outside of an initial trailer put out last year, Beetlejuice fans will just have to wait and see how Burton, Keaton, and the cast put everything together.

One thing that kept this from getting done earlier was a lack of follow-through with the script. One company would pick it up, then have it just all apart. Getting the sequel done didn’t happen until Keaton and Burton were sure they had something to work with that was solid.

They sort of reflect the attitudes of a perfectionist, wanting every single detail to be just right. Now, fans will have to wait until September to see this final product hit the big screens. But they can pin their hopes on the previous success Keaton and Burton had working together.