“Beetlejuice 2,” of course, is the long-awaited follow-up to director Tim Burton’s 1988 supernatural comedy classic that followed the wild adventures of Michael Keaton’s zany “Ghost with the Most.” The sequel also stars Monica Bellucci as Beetlejuice’s wife, as well as Justin Theroux in an unspecified role.
Noting how “Beetlejuice 2” is the most fun he’s had on a film set in a long time, Keaton promised in a June interview with Empire Magazine that like the original film, the supernatural sequel will rely on practical visual effects — a specific approach both he and Burton have always required when discussing ideas for the potential film over the years. “We both agreed, if it happens, it has to be done as close to the way we made it the first time,” Keaton recalled for the publication. “Making stuff up, making stuff happen, improvising and riffing, but literally handmade stuff like people creating things with their hands and building something.”
Despite delays in filming caused by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, “Beetlejuice 2” is still scheduled to debut in theaters September 6, 2024.