Beetlejuice 2 reveals name change to Beetlejuice Beetlejuice alongside first poster

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The sequel to the iconic 1988 film has unveiled its finished title – and we’ve just lost a bet in the office. More on Beetlejuice 2 below:

Here at Film Stories, we rather like the first Beetlejuice. It stands to reason, then, that we’re rather invested in the sequel being a bit good. Until this morning, we were very excited for the film called Beetlejuice 2.

How foolish we were. Naive, really. There’s no way Beetlejuice 2 will be anything like a return to form for director Tim Burton. Michael Keaton’s iconic performance just won’t hit the same in Beetlejuice 2. It would be the height of avarice to think Beetlejuice 2 could possibly be one of our most anticipated films of 2024.

That’s because the sequel won’t be called Beetlejuice 2. As of this afternoon, it seems it’ll be called Beetlejuice Beetlejuice.

Look, here’s a poster to prove it.

It’s a good title, actually. It feels rare in the era of SEO-friendly film titles for a big movie sequel to go for anything other than the rather uninspiring Eighties-Movie-Title 2. Beetlejuice Beetlejuice seems likely to confuse search engines all over the place while also playing in nicely to the ubiquitous mythology of the original, and we like that.

Still, we were convinced it was going to be Bee2lejuice. That’s £10 sacrificed to the office sweepstake. I personally had good odds on 2 Beetle 2 Juice, but that always felt like a long shot.

Maybe this is why we don’t run a Hollywood studio.

But regardless of what it’s called, Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is still creeping into cinemas on 6th September 2024. We’ll stay in this massive queue till then.

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