After three decades, a “Beetlejuice” sequel is finally coming

Gather ’round, spooky kids, for the long-awaited confirmation has arrived! The ghoul of our dreams is making a comeback in the land of the living. That’s right, our favorite striped troublemaker is returning to screens in the highly anticipated “Beetlejuice 2,” directed by the one and only Tim Burton.

The big news dropped at CinemaCon, where Warner Bros finally let the cat out of the bag (or should we say, the ghost out of the tomb?). They officially announced that the sequel to the 1988 cult classic is not just a whisper in the haunted halls, but a reality.

And what’s a haunted house party without the original gang? Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara are all set to reprise their iconic roles. But wait, there’s more! The talented Jenna Ortega might join the spectral shenanigans as Lydia Deetz’s daughter, bringing fresh blood to the eerie ensemble.

Rumors had been swirling like leaves in a graveyard after a listing for the sequel appeared in Production Weekly. While it was still labeled “in development,” sources suggest the project could begin shooting as early as late May. Summer is about to get a whole lot spookier!

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This comes on the heels of Tim Burton’s departure from Disney, where he claimed he felt shackled by the mouse. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the dark and whimsical side of Burton, but his track record speaks for itself, with hits like “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman,” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Lately, the gothic auteur has been dabbling in the world of streaming, having created and directed the first four episodes of Netflix’s popular series “Wednesday.” Coincidentally, Jenna Ortega starred as the show’s leading lady.

So, fellow creatures of the night, grab your popcorn, say his name three times, and brace yourselves for the return of “Beetlejuice 2.” May the ghostly chaos commence!

Here’s a refresher, in case you forgot how it goes.

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