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Beetlejuice 2 release date, cast, plot, and more news

Here's what we know about the Beetlejuice 2 release date and everything else worth knowing about Tim Burton and Michael Keaton's sequel.

Beetlejuice 2 release date: Michael Keaton

What is the Beetlejuice 2 release date? Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! We’ve been saying that name since the late ’80s, and now Beetlejuice 2 is happening. We like to think our constant chanting had something to do with this.

Directed by Tim Burton, the first Beetlejuice film was one of the best comedy movies and one of the best ghost movies around. It saw the recently deceased Adam and Barbara hiring a maniacal bio-exorcist — the titular Beetlejuice — to get rid of the Deetz family, who moved into their old home. A sequel to the best Tim Burton movie seemed inevitable, but what do we know about it? Read ahead to find out.

What’s the Beetlejuice 2 release date?

Beetlejuice 2 is scheduled for release on Friday, September 6, 2024, and began filming in the summer of 2023. 

In July, the 2023 Actors Strike has caused production to shut down. Luckily, according to Tim Burton, they were only a day away from wrapping. “I feel grateful we got what we got,” he said [via The Independent]. “Literally, it was a day and a half. We know what we have to do. It is 99% done.”

They were able to resume and wrap production in November 2023 after the strike ended, so it looks like that 2024 release date is still on track!

Beetlejuice 2 release date: Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

Who’s in the Beetlejuice 2 cast?

Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder are both set to return for Beetlejuice 2, but they won’t be alone. Jenna Ortega, of Scream and Wednesday fame, has been lined up to play the daughter of Lydia Deetz.

Catherine O’Hara is also returning as Delia Deetz. Willem Dafoe has also joined the big-name cast, playing a deceased law enforcement officer.

“I play a police officer in the afterlife, so I’m a dead person,” Dafoe said [via Variety]. “And in life I was a B-movie action star, but I had an accident and that’s what sent me to the other side. But because of my skills, I became a detective character in the afterlife. So that’s my job. But it’s colored by the fact of who I was [when I was alive]: a B movie action star.”

Here’s the Beetlejuice 2 cast list:

  • Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice
  • Jenna Ortega as Lydia’s daughter
  • Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz
  • Catherine O’Hara as Delia Deetz
  • Monica Bellucci as Beetlejuice’s wife
  • Justin Theroux as TBC
  • Willem Dafoe as TBC

Burton will, of course, be directing using a script written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who are best known for penning the Wednesday Netflix series.

Beetlejuice 2 release date: Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice

Why didn’t they make Beetlejuice 2 in the ’80s?

After Beetlejuice’s success, Warner Bros did get the ball rolling on a sequel, but Burton and Keaton were seemingly too busy at the time.

Burton was going to direct, and Jonathan Gems, the writer of Mars Attacks, was hired to write the script titled ‘Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.’

The apocryphal story is that Burton originally pitched the title as a joke, presuming it was such a bad pitch that no one would take it seriously. To Burton’s horror, the studio executives liked it. Eventually, however, the notion of the monochrome menace in the bright, sunny landscapes of Hawaii started to appeal to Burton as well.

According to Gems [via Fangoria], “Tim thought it would be funny to match the surfing backdrop of a beach movie with some sort of German Expressionism because they’re totally wrong together.”

Beetlejuice 2 release date: Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

The film would have seen the Deetz family move to Hawaii and again find themselves dealing with pesky spirits. Eventually, the family would be forced to summon Beetlejuice to deal with the ghosts, and he becomes a hero, even winning a surfing contest. It got to the point where Keaton and Ryder agreed to return for the film as long as Burton directed, but things soon fell apart.

The supposed reason is that Keaton and Burton got wrapped up in making their second Batman movie, but the elephant in the room was that Beetlejuice 2 felt like a retread of the first, so there was no real passion for making it. Indeed a cavalcade of different writers were brought in to punch up the script in the early ’90s, including Kevin Smith, who declined the opportunity, believing the first film said everything it needed to.

As time passed, there were talks of a revival, but nothing ever came of it. Still, Burton was keen to make it but kept the idea on the back burner while he worked on other projects.

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What’s Beetlejuice 2 about?

We can presume that the Beetlejuice 2 plot won’t have anything to do with the failed Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian pitch and will instead focus on Lydia’s daughter meeting Keaton’s ghoulish cad.

The current theory is that the Deetz family will reassemble for a funeral and accidentally summon the ‘Ghost with the Most.’ So who’s funeral will it be? Well, in a recent interview with the BFI, Tim Burton admitted that he began to think about a sequel after asking himself, “What happened to Lydia… to the Deetz family? What happened to Catherine [Delia]? What happened to Charles?”

Now, it’s interesting that he mentions Charles there because, as far as we know, Jeffrey Jones, who played the Deetz patriarch in the original film, is not in the movie. It seems likely then that it’s Charles’s funeral, which brings the family together thena and kickstarts the whole spooky debacle.

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This is just a theory at the moment, but it lines up with previous comments by Beetlejuice cinematographer Zambarloukos that Burton has put the Deetz family at the center of this particular story.

“At its heart, Beetlejuice is a story about a family,” Zambarloukos said [via The Wrap]. “And now it’s 30 years later, and what are the intricacies and the human condition in keeping a family together all that time set in the craziest world possible? That’s why I choose projects. That human connection for me is always at the forefront.”

Some on-set images have been taken showing Jenna Ortega in a wedding dress, meaning that at some point, the new movie will take a note from the original and have a wedding scene. Hopefully, this one will be a little more two-sided!

Beetlejuice 2 release date: Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice

Is there a Beetlejuice 2 trailer?

We likely won’t be getting a Beetlejuice 2 trailer until mid-2024, a few months before the movie’s release.

Since production has wrapped, there should be some first-looks soon, but we don’t expect a full trailer until next year. But there’s plenty to keep you busy, and you can check out the below clip from the first movie, from back when we first laid our eyes on the titular ruffian.

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Where can I watch Beetlejuice 2?

Beetlejuice 2 will hit theaters when it’s eventually released.

It will likely end up on one of the best streaming services, but expect a theatrical-only release to begin with.

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