One of the most prominent Hollywood trends of recent years is the wave of retro pawns - new films starring (or at least participating) veteran actors who return to play their beloved former characters. "Ghostbusters: Life After," "Top Gun: Maverick," "The Matrix: Resurrection," "Jurassic World: New World," "Spider-Man: No Way Home," the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, and "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," which will be released at the end of the month, are particularly representative and prominent examples of this phenomenon.
MICHAEL KEATON AS BEETLEJUICE, PHOTO: WARNER BROS
In about ten days, we will also be able to watch "The Flash," the much-talked-about comic book movie from DC Studios, in which Michael Keaton will re-enter the iconic boots of Batman (a character he last played in 1992's Batman Returns).
Jenna Ortega at the Golden Globes, photo: AFP
Keaton, 71, is currently giving numerous interviews ahead of the release of "The Flash," in which he also talks about his next film — coincidentally another retro sequel — this time to the 1988 comedy-horror classic Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice 2 will hit theaters in September 2024 with Keaton in the lead role as the cheeky demon, alongside Winona Ryder and Katherine O'Hara returning from the first film, while Jenna Ortega (Sunday), Justin Theroux, Monica Bellucci and Willem Dafoe join the cast. Director Tim Burton, responsible for the original blockbuster, also returned for the new production.
MICHAEL KEATON AND NYONA RYDER IN BEETLEJUICE, PHOTO: WARNER BROS
Filming for Beetlejuice 2 is currently taking place in London (which is why Keaton avoided attending the festive premiere of The Flash in Los Angeles), and although plot details are being kept secret, the actor agreed to provide some information about the anticipated sequel, especially regarding what goes on behind the scenes: "Tim Burton and I talked about the idea for years, but we didn't tell anyone," the star revealed. "We said that if it really happened, then we would shoot the new film as close as possible to how we did it the first time."
ICONIC SCENE FROM BETELJUICE, PHOTO: WARNER BROS
By this, Keaton means the extensive use of practical props, rather than computer animation, to create the film's set and special effects so identified with Burton's macabre style. "There's a woman standing with a fishing rod — and I want people to know that because I love it — and she's pulling on a cat's tail to get it moving," the actor explained, adding that he and the crew also advocate improvising lines of text — not necessarily sticking to the written script. "People really create things with their own hands and build something. ' Beetlejuice' is the most enjoyable work I've had on this movie... I can't say how long," Keaton concluded.
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