- Beetlejuice 2 has resumed filming after being halted due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, with Tim Burton returning as director and Jenna Ortega joining the cast.
- Homes in Melrose, Massachusetts are dressed up in Halloween decorations for the sequel, indicating that filming has restarted.
- The Massachusetts Film Office has not confirmed the reports, leaving fans excited for the movie’s completion.
After nearly completing filming prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Beetlejuice 2 has reportedly resumed filming. The movie sees the return of Tim Burton in the director’s chair with Wednesday co-creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough penning the script, and the Netflix show’s star Jenna Ortega also joining returning stars Michael Keaton in the eponymous role, Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and Catherine O’Hara as Delia Deetz. The cast will also see franchise newcomers Monica Bellucci as Beletgeuse’s wife and Justin Theroux and Willem Dafoe in undisclosed roles.
Just over four months after the movie halted its initial production, CBS Boston is reporting that Beetlejuice 2 has resumed filming.
The video, as seen above, shows a group of homes in Melrose, Massachusetts dressed up in Halloween decorations, with local residents telling the publication that it is for Burton’s sequel in the hopes of wrapping filming. The Massachusetts Film Office wouldn’t confirm to CBS Boston whether these reports were true.
Beetlejuice 2’s Filming Return Could Prove Promising For Its Release
Shortly after the filming halt, Burton had revealed that Beetlejuice 2 was “99%” done, indicating that he only needed a day and a half of production in order to wrap it completely. With the above filming report coming a couple of days ago, should it prove to be true, the sequel could very well have already completed shooting. This would also prove promising for the movie’s currently planned September 2024 release date.
A recent report indicated that Warner Bros. were considering delaying the movie’s release to 2025 alongside the Robert De Niro-led gangster movie Alto Knights stemming from the SAG-AFTRA strike. Said report was released prior to the strike ending, making for the possibility that the studio has since abandoned this plan, as actors are now able to promote their projects. Additionally, with Burton likely having worked on the post-production of the movie amid the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the sequel could be further along than some may expect.
The other benefit to having Beetlejuice 2 retain its current September 2024 release date is the lack of serious box office competition for the long-awaited sequel. The only major titles the movie would face is the holdover release of Kraven the Hunter, a movie already seeing minimal anticipation from audiences due to its Sony’s Spider-Man Universe connection, and subsequent release of Transformers One a week later. Though an October release could prove just as promising for Beetlejuice 2, the combined might of Joker: Folie à Deux, Smile 2 and Terrifier 3 could prove too much for WB to test the waters against Burton’s movie.
Despite being a Halloween-season classic, the original Beetlejuice actually released in March of 1988 and was a box office hit, grossing nearly $75 million against its $15 million production budget.
Source: CBS Boston
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- Tim Burton
- Michael Keaton, Jenna Ortega, Winona Ryder, Monica Bellucci, Willem Dafoe, Justin Theroux, Catherine O’Hara
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- Comedy, Supernatural
- Mike Vukadinovich
- KatzSmith Productions, Tim Burton Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures, Plan B Entertainment
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