The launch of Beetlejuice 2 has been widely speculated for over 30 years, and excitement towards the sequel film was fostered once again earlier this year, when it was revealed that Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder would reprise their iconic roles.
Following that, unconfirmed reports of Johnny Depp being cast in the film have also popped up, after Google outlined the actor in the cast along with the two main stars.
The murmurings began following the conclusion of Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against former spouse and actress Amber Heard.
Just like the first movie, the direction and writing for Beetlejuice 2 will be handled by critically-acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter Tim Burton, who directed box office hits such as Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Alice in Wonderland. His most recent film is 2019’s Dumbo.
Burton noted in May 2016 that he was interested in establishing a sequel. However, he said at the time that it was vital to ensure that a follow-up flick would be “done right”.
This is because Beetlejuice was initially meant to be a standalone film and did not particularly require a direct continuation.
In case you haven’t seen the epic film, its plot centres around a husband and wife who die and transcend to the afterworld, but their spirits are somehow entombed in between life and death until they can “rest”.
In order to achieve that goal, they are tasked to banish the new owners who bought over their earthly home. They then recruit the ghostly aid of the foul-mouthed and mischievous Beetlejuice.
According to the IMDb page for Beetlejuice 2, the exact release date for the film has yet to be confirmed, however the production crew anticipates that it may make its debut in mid-2025.
The site also says that in the second film, Beetlejuice will find himself homeless in the netherworld and returns to the mortal world in search of comfort, only to discover that the Maitland residence has set ablaze due to a gas leak.
Though intriguing, it is also a harrowing story that illustrates the titular creature as just another guy trying to make his way through the world.
He also finds his long-lost son and witnesses Lydia Deetz (Winona Ryder) becoming infatuated with the kooky Jersey Devil despite the fact that she is married to a faltering real estate agent (David Harbour).
Ryder stated that she was “hopeful” Beetlejuice 2 would be approved for production.
Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company, confirmed the sequel in February 2022.
Although the collaboration of Pitt’s film company is a massive step forward, it has been disclosed that the plot and scripts have not yet been presented to Warner Bros for a formal green light.
The film is still in the early stages. However, the principal shoot for the dark comedy is scheduled to begin this summer!
Maybe the sequel will come quicker if we all say Beetlejuice three times?