Beetlejuice 2 Release Date: Who Turned Down the Role of Beetlejuice?


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It’s nearly showtime! After more than three decades since the release of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, a sequel has been revealed. Since there have been rumors about a second film for the previous three decades, fans are overjoyed by the announcement.

Beetlejuice follows Adam and Barbara Maitland, played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, as they attempt to frighten away the family currently residing in their home. They make touch with Michael Keaton’s over-the-top bio-exorcist Betelgeuse, but his antics further complicate matters.

Beetlejuice 2 was formally announced in February 2022, with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros. producing with at least two returning prominent players. From the release date to the cast and crew, HollywoodLife has compiled everything there is to know about the sequel, including the release date.

When Will Beetlejuice 2 Be Released?

The official go-ahead from Warner Bros. has not yet occurred, so there is no information on when the film will be released. According to The Ankle, plans are in motion to begin filming this summer.

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Beetlejuice 2’ Cast

Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones co-star in the original Beetlejuice as Delia and Charles Deetz, who move into the Maitland’s former home and are plagued by Betelgeuse. Lydia Deetz, played by Winona Ryder, is their gothic adolescent daughter. According to Screen Rant, Michael and Winona are the only cast members confirmed to return for Beetlejuice 2.

Without Betelgeuse, the film would not be conceivable, therefore thank God Michael is returning! Winona, who currently appears in the Netflix series Stranger Things, showed interest in acting in a Beetlejuice sequel in the past. “I love Lydia Deetz so much. Winona remarked in 2013 to The Daily Beast, “She was such a significant part of me.” I would be very curious to know what she is up to 27 years later.

The return of the remaining cast members has not yet been announced. Due to the controversies surrounding the Rust shooting, Alec’s comeback may be questionable. Tim is anticipated to helm the sequel, but this has not yet been confirmed. The renowned director has previously expressed his desire for Johnny Depp to star in Beetlejuice 2.

Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie, the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd are some of the projects on which the two have collaborated. However, Johnny’s probable participation may be in peril due to the impact of his defamation trial against Amber Heard on his career. Beetlejuice 2 will be produced by Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros., as previously stated.

Who Will Write the Beetlejuice Sequel?

While Plan B Entertainment is producing the sequel, don’t expect any information or leaks regarding the film any time soon. Shortly after the success of Beetlejuice, Burton commissioned British screenwriter Jonathan Gems (Mars Attacks) to pen the script for Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.

In Hawaii, where Charles’ real estate development company is constructing a resort atop an old burial cemetery, the plot would involve the Deetzes. Hijinks would have no doubt ensued. Both Keaton and Ryder consented to this sequel on the condition that it was directed by Burton, but Burton opted to direct Batman Returns instead. It was already the mid-1990s when he returned to Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, and interest had dwindled.

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Warner Bros. approached Seth Grahame-Smith (author of the spoof novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and collaborator with Tim Burton on the adaptation of his book Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter) in 2011 to develop and produce a Beetlejuice sequel.

Under the condition that Keaton reprises his role, Grahame-Smith agreed. Warner Bros. shelved the project in 2019, around the time that the Broadway musical premiered, even though the original film’s cast and crew remained committed to working on a sequel for the next few years. There was no explicit justification given.

The Link to the Original ‘Beetlejuice’

The original Beetlejuice was a massive hit when it was released in 1988. Tim directed while Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren penned the screenplay. Best Makeup at the Academy Awards went to the film. Its success produced multiple spinoffs, beginning with an animated television series that lasted from 1989 to 1991 on ABC and subsequently on Fox.
Tim was the project’s producer. Then, beginning in 1990, various Beetlejuice video games were developed. The blockbuster film was also converted into a musical that debuted on Broadway in April 2019. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the play closed in March 2020 and reopened at the Marquis Theatre in April 2022.
No narrative details have been disclosed for Beetlejuice 2. The sequel will likely take place many years after the first film’s events. Beetlejuice concludes with the Deetzes and the Maitlands living in harmony, while Betelgeuse resides in the afterlife waiting room and has his head shrunk by a witch doctor.

Where Can I Watch Beetlejuice?

The 1988 classic may be rented or purchased on multiple platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Vudu, and Google Play.

Who Turned Down the Role of Beetlejuice?

Michael Keaton portrayed the title character in the 1988 film “Beetlejuice.” Keaton, who initially declined the role due to his crazy appearance and personality, certainly makes an impression. Keaton justifies his role as the title character despite having only about 15 minutes of screen time in the 92-minute film Beetlejuice.