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Michael Keaton says working on Beetlejuice 2 is ‘the most fun I've had working on a movie’ in years

Rachel Lang

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Michael Keaton says working on Beetlejuice 2 is ‘the most fun I've had working on a movie’ in years

Michael Keaton has spoken out about the vibe on the set of Beetlejuice 2 and it's very good news.

The iconic actor who initially brought the pesky poltergeist to life has spoken out about round two, just a fortnight after Winona Ryder was spotted on the British set of the long-awaited sequel.

Keaton and Ryder in the 1988 classic. Credit: Warner Bros
Keaton and Ryder in the 1988 classic. Credit: Warner Bros

"Beetlejuice is the most f**king fun you can have working," Keaton said.

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"It's so fun. It's so great. And you know what it is?

"We're doing it exactly like we did the first movie."

Keaton, 71, revealed he and Burton were discussing years ago if a sequel was ever to be greenlit that 'if it happens, it has to be done as close to the way we made it the first time'.

"Making stuff up, making stuff happen, improvising and riffing, but literally handmade stuff like people creating things with their hands and building something," he said.

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"[It's] f**king great. It's the most fun I've had working on a movie in I can't tell you how long."

Keaton in the 1988 classic. Credit: Warner Bros
Keaton in the 1988 classic. Credit: Warner Bros

"There's a woman in the great waiting room for the afterlife literally with a fishing line - I want people to know this because I love it - tugging on the tail of a cat to make it move," he said.

How exciting indeed.

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As well as Ryder and Keaton reprising their iconic roles 35 years after the 1988 classic originally drove fans wild, Hollywood's new goth girl extraordinaire Jenna Ortega has signed on to play the daughter of Lydia, Ryder's character.

Warner Bros. has earmarked the sequel for 6 September 2024.

That release date coincides with Marvel dropping its highly anticipated Blade movie, so there could be a bit of cinematic competition next year.

When director Tim Burton was asked by Deadline last year about the chance for a Beetlejuice 2, the director said 'nothing is out of the question'.

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Keaton in the 1988 classic. Credit: Warner Bros
Keaton in the 1988 classic. Credit: Warner Bros

"I only know if I'm making a film when I'm actually on the set shooting," Burton said of the sequel to his 1988 cult classic that also starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis.

"I try to go back to the root of everything.

"It springs from a seed and then it grows, rather than out of these statements.

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"I am working on ideas and things but it's all very early days.

"We'll set how it goes.

"How's that for a non-answer?"

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Jenna Ortega

Rachel Lang
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