It seems like it soon could be “Show Time” again! After more than decades of rumors about a sequel for the 1988 hit film, Beetlejuice, things are finally in motion and two of its original stars are set to be back.
According to Screen Rant, both Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder have signed on the project, reprising their iconic roles as Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz in the upcoming Beetlejuice 2.
Tim Burton’s classic comedy has long been a favorite among movie fans and was even turned into a hit Broadway musical. Still, Beetlejuice has had a host of challenges coming back to the big screen, starting with a planned sequel in 1990 called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, which obviously never got off the ground.
But according to Jeff Sneider’s Hollywood Transom newsletter for The Ankler, Beetlejuice 2 is very much happening and will be produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment. Filming may start as early as this summer.
Alec Baldwin, who played Adam Maitland, is not expected back, and there’s been no word on whether Geena Davis, who portrayed Adam’s wife Barbara, will be invited back either. In the first film, the duo played a married couple who died after buying the house where Beetlejuice haunted and became ghosts themselves.
The new movie will most likely center on a new family, though it’s always possible that Lydia’s family could be involved—if she hasn’t entered the Netherworld herself. Other stars of the original film were Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara, who played Lydia’s parents.
The original was also notable for its score, written by Danny Elfman, and it would be great to see him return as well with an equally superb score.
Hopefully, Warner Bros. gets moving on Beetlejuice 2 soon and fans can finally get what they’ve been waiting all these years and find out what’s been keeping Beetlejuice busy the past 35 years.
Michael Keaton is also reprising his role as Batman in the upcoming Flash movie starring Ezra Miller.