Beetlejuice 2, the highly anticipated fantasy comedy sequel, could be joining the growing list of 2024 movies facing significant delays. A discouraging release update has emerged, casting doubt on the film’s release schedule.

According to reports from Variety, Beetlejuice 2 is just one of several Warner Bros. productions slated for a 2024 premiere that may be postponed to the following year due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Eric Wold, a senior media analyst at B. Riley, has expressed concerns that if production on Beetlejuice 2 and other 2024 releases does not resume within the next two weeks, these films may be pushed into 2025 or even further.

The SAG-AFTRA strike has been ongoing since July 14, when the actors’ guild failed to reach satisfactory terms with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). This strike followed the Writers Guild of America (WGA) stoppage that began over two months prior. While the WGA strike has been resolved, negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP remain deadlocked. This impasse has led to the postponement of several highly anticipated 2024 blockbusters, including Deadpool 3 and Mission: Impossible 8.

Movie Is Nearly Finished With Filming 

Beetlejuice 2 - Michael Keaton and Jenna Ortega
Jenna Ortega and Michael Keaton

The potential delay of Beetlejuice 2 is disappointing news for fans, especially since director Tim Burton recently revealed that the film has less than two days of filming left to complete once the SAG-AFTRA strike concludes. This sequel has been long-awaited, with the original 1988 film, starring Michael Keaton as the mischievous bio-exorcist Beetlejuice, having achieved cult classic status and box office success. Keaton is set to reprise his iconic role, along with Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and Catherine O’Hara as Delia Deetz.

Warner Bros. officially announced the Beetlejuice sequel in April, after years of speculation dating back to the ’90s, including rumors of a shelved project titled “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.” Principal photography for Beetlejuice 2 commenced in England in May but was halted due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. Jenna Ortega, known for her role in “Wednesday,” also joins the cast as Lydia’s daughter.

Cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos has teased the upcoming sequel as a “brilliant, warm family story,” praising its practical effects. Keaton is expected to don his iconic suit from the original film. Most recently, he appeared as Batman in the DC Extended Universe film “The Flash.”

Beetlejuice 2 had been scheduled for a theatrical release on September 6, 2024, but the current uncertainty surrounding the strike could potentially alter that timeline.