Although this comes after months of speculations that the sequel was finally going on the right track, Warner Bros. has announced that the long-delayed sequel, Beetlejuice 2 is in production.
Warner Bros. made the revelation at CinemaCon, according to Screen Rant, but little else was disclosed outside the confirmation that the sequel is being worked on. Although it is unknown whether Michael Keaton will reprise the part, it appears plausible given his prior desire in doing so. He’s also had no trouble returning to vintage Tim Burton characters, as evidenced by his appearance as Batman once again in the upcoming film The Flash.’
Regarding the movie’s casting, rumors have been circulating. Jenna Ortega, the star of Wednesday, was reportedly being considered for a significant part in the movie back in March.
Sadie Sink from Stranger Things was reportedly considered for the same role before declining it. Additionally, it was said that Burton would take the director’s chair once Keaton returned.
“Nothing is out of the question,” Burton said last year, addressing if the film would happen (per Deadline). “I only know if I’m making a film when I’m actually on the set shooting. I try to go back to the root of everything. It springs from a seed and then it grows, rather than out these statements. I am working on ideas and things but it’s all very early days. We’ll set how it goes.”
It is likely that the movie will pick up some time after the 1988 original movie‘s events. Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren wrote the screenplay for that movie, which Burton directed. Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, and Robert Goulet are among its prominent cast members.
Beetlejuice 2 is reportedly set to begin filming in London in May or June of this year. A release date for the movie is not yet known.