Beetlejuice 2 is in early development after Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment signed onto the project. The Ankler first reported the news, with Deadline later confirming.
Directed by Tim Burton, the original film was released in 1988 and follows a recently deceased couple (played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) who are ghosts who haunt their former home. After the Deetz family (Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, and Jeffrey Jones) move in, the couple enlist the help of so-called “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to scare them away.
An animated television show executive produced by Burton, several video games, and a Broadway musical followed the film’s success.
We’ve been talking about a sequel since 1990, when Burton hired Mars Attacks! screenwriter Jonathan Gems to pen a screenplay called “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian”, which would have seen the Deetz family relocate to Hawaii. Burton and Keaton reportedly discussed a sequel again around 2012, before Warner Bros. announces that the film had been shelved in 2019.
No other details have been confirmed about the sequel yet, so we don’t know who will direct or write the film or if cast members like Keaton or Ryder will definitely be returning.
Plan B Entertainment’s recent projects include Oscar-nominated Minari and the Prime Video series The Underground Railroad, directed by Barry Jenkins, while its upcoming films include Netflix director Marilyn Monroe’s upcoming project Blonde and Parasite Bong Joon-ho.
While we wait for Beetlejuice 2 to hit the big screen, check out our list of the rest upcoming movies to get excited about this year.