Beetlejuice Beetlejuice: Will Tim Burton’s Sequel, Made 36 after the Original Classic, Find Its Viewers (Younger and Older)

Beetlejuice is finally back, after 36 long years, during which the original has continued to develop a cult following.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, Catherine O’Hara, Jenna Ortega, Winona Ryder, Justin Theroux© Warner Bros. Pictures

The sequel has been on Burton’s mind since the 1990s, when the director thought of a follow-up titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian (which sounded a lot like a spoof of Elvis Presley).

Burton tried to launch a sequel again years later by joining forces with his Dark Shadows scribe, Seth Grahame-Smith.

But it wasn’t until his Wednesday collaborators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar came along that Burton finally found the right angle–and new commitment to the project.

Wednesday‘s dancing queen, Jenna Ortega, is starring in “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” as Lydia’s teen daughter Astrid,
Ryder also returning as the now-grown-up Lydia, and Catherine O’Hara once again playing her eccentric sculptor mother Delia.
Jeffrey Jones will not be back as Lydia’s father Charles.
Other new additions include the multiple Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as a ghost detective, and international star Monica Bellucci as the B-man’s wife.
Burn Gorman and Justin Theroux also playing roles.

Reminder: You have to say Beetlejuice’s name three times in a row to bring him back into the world of the living.

Question is, will saying it twice be enough for “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” to attract viewers, old ones as well as new recruits.

The highly anticipated movie hits theaters on September 6, 2024.

Official synopsis reads:

Beetlejuice is back! After an unexpected family tragedy, three generations of the Deetz family return to Winter River. Still haunted by Beetlejuice, Lydia’s life is turned upside down when her rebellious teenage daughter, Astrid, discovers the mysterious model of the town in the attic, and the portal to the Afterlife is accidentally opened. With trouble brewing in both realms, it’s only a matter of time until someone says Beetlejuice’s name three times, and the mischievous demon returns to unleash his very own brand of mayhem.