DVD Release DateTim Burton announces completion of Beetlejuice 2 filming

Tim Burton announces completion of Beetlejuice 2 filming

  • Beetlejuice 2 has finished filming and is set to be released on September 6, 2024.
  • The sequel returns original stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder and adds newcomers such as Jenna Ortega.
  • It has taken a long time for the sequel to come together due to other commitments and film’s legacy status.

Beetlejuice 2, the eagerly awaited sequel to Tim Burton’s popular 1988 film Beetlejuice, has concluded its filming. Burton released a fresh image from the movie’s set, confirming its completion. The film is still scheduled to hit theaters on September 6, 2024, despite previous rumors of a release date delay.

As reported by WBZ-TV for CBS News, the end of the actors’ strike resulted in Melrose being transformed back into the shooting location for Beetlejuice 2, as it was during the summer. Subsequent reports also displayed images of actress Jenna Ortega on the set, shooting her last scenes for her role in the sequel.

Directed by Tim Burton, Beetlejuice 2 has been in development for many years and was at risk of becoming one of the iconic filmmaker’s “projects that got away.” Luckily, things started taking shape toward the end of last year, with a screenplay by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on a story by Seth Grahame-Smith. Original cast members Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara are all returning to reprise their roles, while newcomers joining the franchise include Jenna Ortega, Monica Bellucci, Justin Theroux, and Willem Dafoe.

The path to creating Beetlejuice 2 has been long and winding. Initially, Tim Burton was considering a sequel named Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian in 1990, but the project was postponed due to other obligations. In September 2011, Warner Bros. revived the sequel’s potential by hiring Seth Grahame-Smith to write and produce a sequel, yet it took another decade for the follow-up to materialize. The new story is categorized as a “legacy sequel,” revisiting the characters from the first film three decades later. This concept may be the primary reason for the sequel’s current production.

In recent years, numerous belated sequels with original cast members returning to their roles after two or three decades have become big business. These films, including Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, Bill & Ted, The Exorcist, and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home, have generated a sense of nostalgic magic among fans.

Given that much of Burton’s film utilizes practical effects over CGI and with the filming now complete, Beetlejuice 2 is anticipated to haunt theaters just after Labor Day of the following year.