Making a sequel of a movie that was released a few decades ago have become a new trend in Hollywood a few years back. Blade Runner, The Matrix, Ghostbusters, Gladiator 2 is also in development, and now… Beetlejuice.
Directed by Tim Burton, the original Beetlejuice movie was released in 1988, and it starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton. The movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing $74 million against its budget of $15 million. Thanks to the success of Beetlejuice, Warner Bros. green-lit the original Batman movie directed by Burton and starring Keaton, which was released in 1989.
Now, more than 30 years later, the Batman franchise spawned numerous movies (with the newest one right around the corner), and Beetlejuice just remained… Beetlejuice. Although the movie spawned the animated tv series, video games, and a stage musical, the movie itself never had the chance to get a sequel. Until now.
Now, according to the newest report from The Ankler’s Hollywood Transom newsletter, Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment is set to produce Beetlejuice 2 with Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder set to reprise their respective roles from the original.
Plan B Entertainment is a production company that was founded in 2001 by Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Aniston. In 2005, after Aniston and Pitt divorced, and Grey moved on to become the CEO of Paramount Pictures, Pitt remained as the sole owner of the company. The company produced many known movies, starting with Troy, in which Pitt played the role of Achilles. The company also produced three movies that won an Academy Award for the Best Picture — The Departed, 12 Years a Slave, and Moonlight.
Not much else is known about the Beetlejuice sequel, but although Warner Bros. said back in 2019 that the project was shelved, looks like this brings Beetlejuice 2 back to life.