Michael Keaton: Beetlejuice 2 Requires Practical Effects, not CGI

This year fans can look forward to a long-awaited return to a spookily beloved classic film. The iconic character played by Michael Keaton is set to haunt once again in a sequel to the 1988 cult hit Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. What’s even more exciting is the decision to keep things authentic, as both Keaton and the director, Tim Burton, have committed to making the sequel with minimal reliance on CGI in favor of more traditional, practical effects. So, what does this mean for the audience? A nostalgic journey back to authentic, ‘handmade’ filmmaking. Let’s delve into the details.

Respecting the Craft: Going Back to Basics

Keaton, the revered actor who is reprising his role as the lead character in Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, disclosed early on his disinterest in a heavy reliance on technology for the sequel. As he stated, authenticity and the ‘handmade’ feel of practical effects were fundamental to making the movie enjoyable for both the cast and the audience. Explaining his stance, Keaton highlighted the old-school charm of seeing actual people operating physical props in real-time rather than pretending to interact with computer-generated elements.

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The Joys of Authentic Filmmaking

Speaking about the experience of making Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, Keaton declared it to be “enormous fun”. Being able to break away from years of acting in front of green screens and to reconnect with the tangible reality of filmmaking, exhilarated the veteran actor. His enchantment with the process is evidence of the unique charm inherent in physical filmmaking.

Keaton’s Trip Down Memory Lane

The actor is no stranger to digital effects, given his roles in big-budget films like The Flash, Tim Burton’s Dumbo, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, the decision to concentrate on practical effects in Beetlejuice Beetlejuice seems to have provided a refreshing change for Keaton. Ensuingly, the sequel’s faithful commitment to its predecessor’s aesthetics is building enthusiasm among fans.

What to Expect

So far, little has been revealed about Beetlejuice Beetlejuice other than a teaser poster. However, fans can look forward to seeing Keaton back alongside familiar actors like Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara, and new faces including Jenna Ortega, Monica Bellucci, Willem Dafoe, and Justin Theroux. Slated for release on September 6, 2024, the sequel is eagerly anticipated by horror and comedy fans alike.

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Wrapping Up

The return of Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is a heartfelt homage to classic filmmaking that promises a handmade feel and seeks to draw viewers back into the charm of practical effects. Be sure to keep an eye out for the official trailer and updates. Meanwhile, why not enjoy the best of film and television on HitPlay?

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