Although his latest films have not had the same strength as his classics, Tim Burton found in the Merlina series – 69% a great opportunity to recover its status of eccentricity in the middle. Likewise, the great success that this title had on the Netflix platform was also the best excuse to maintain alliances and mix them with the need to exploit the public’s nostalgia in order to obtain the green light for Beetlejuice 2 which, according to the creator, was almost finished before the strikes in Hollywood began.
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After the premiere of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure – 92%, Burton became a financially reliable director, which allowed him to look for original scripts to be able to develop them to his liking, something that was a priority for him, since he did not want to get stuck with repetitive and predictable stories. This was how the script for Beetlejuice, the super ghost – 81% reached their hands and immediately caught their attention. The original script was much bloodier, mature and darker by presenting the explicit death of the main ghosts, and confirming that Beetlejuice wants to have sexual relations with Lydia.
Beetlejuice 2 spent many years in limbo
After some essential changes to the story, the film was able to begin production with Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder at the helm. Nobody expected the film to become an immediate classic, but it did and it easily conquered the specialists and the public who recognized the talent of the cast and the unique touch of the director. The production company quickly gave the green light to a sequel, but its production was incredibly complicated and remained in limbo for many years with little chance of being saved.
The original idea for the second part, which was established in 1990, was to mix expressionist elements with a Hawaiian atmosphere with the Deetz family moving to build a company in warm lands. Here they would meet Beetlejuice again, who would help appease the island’s spirits upset by the construction. The cast announced their commitment to return as long as Burton remained as director, but things fell apart because Keaton and the creator prioritized Batman Returns – 81% and it was a long time before talks resumed for the sequel.
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After spending several years in the vault of Warner Bros., the production company decided to stir the waters to raise production once again, now with Seth Grahame-Smith as scriptwriter. From this moment on, there were many rumors about the sequel, but what was always confirmed was Keaton’s desire to return to the role in one way or another. After several years of uncertainty, Burton announced that the film already had a script ready and would soon begin filming, adding Jenna Ortega to the main cast.
Although everything was going well, the strikes in Hollywood ended up affecting filming, and it’s a shame because Tim Burton He just clarified that they were very close to finishing. In interview with The Independentthe director commented:
I feel grateful to have what we have. We were literally a day and a half away (from finishing filming). We know what we have to do. It is 99% done
For now, Beetlejuice 2 It maintains its release date of September 6, 2024, but with strikes active for months this could change if they do not manage to finish filming with enough time to work on post-production. The good news is that it is practically ready, so as soon as they can resume their calendar their times will be adjusted and for now they have plenty. This late sequel is already one of the most anticipated by the public, especially since everyone involved claims that it will be as strange and special as its predecessor.
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