The highly-anticipated release of Beetlejuice 2 is expected for next year after filming scenes in Hitchin, but what else do we know about the film?

Here's all the latest on the sequel to Tim Burton's 1980s classic.

2024 release date...or maybe not?

Beetlejuice 2 is currently set to hit theatres on September 6, 2024, but according to Variety, it could be pushed back to 2025.

Filming for the project started in May when Winona Ryder was spotted at the Princess Helena College site in Preston, but production was ultimately shut down amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike in Hollywood.

The film could be among the Warner Bros. productions at risk of delay, although Beetlejuice 2 was not mentioned by name.

The Comet: Beetlejuice 2 is set to hit cinemas on September 6, 2024.Beetlejuice 2 is set to hit cinemas on September 6, 2024.

"There will be a number of 2024 titles that move into 2025 and beyond because of production delays," B. Riley senior media analyst Eric Wold told Variety.

"Studios are holding back and not talking about it to avoid showing their weak hand during negotiations. But people are waiting for it."

"99 per cent done"

That's according to Beetlejuice 2 director Tim Burton, who told the Independent that just "a day and a half" was needed to complete the film before the SAG-AFTRA strike.

"Literally, it was a day and a half," he said

"We know what we have to do. It is 99 per cent done."

The Comet: Tim Burton with Jenna Ortega, who is playing Lydia Deetz's daughter in Beetlejuice 2.Tim Burton with Jenna Ortega, who is playing Lydia Deetz's daughter in Beetlejuice 2. (Image: PA Images/PA Wire)

And it sounds as if Burton was enjoying working on Beetlejuice 2, telling BFI: "We shot about the same number of days as the first one.

"Working with these people again, and seeing them all, it was very emotional for me.

"Again, just going back to the old, same puppets and techniques. It goes back to the good old days."

Hertfordshire filming

In May, film crews were spotted at the former Princess Helena College site in Preston, a school closed to students in 2021.

The Comet was among the first to report on the filming, following rumours that scenes for Beetlejuice 2 were being shot.

The rumours were confirmed on May 18 we published pictures of Winona Ryder, who is reprising her role as Lydia Deetz, showing her sitting in the passenger seat of a Tesla leaving the disused school.

The Comet: Winona Ryder during Hitchin filming.Winona Ryder during Hitchin filming. (Image: ISO Images)

The 51-year-old was sat beside the male driver, thought to be co-star Michael Keaton, with the car kitted out with camera equipment.

Then, in July, Jenna Ortega, who is playing Lydia Deetz's daughter, was spotted at an unconfirmed location in Hertfordshire, wearing what appeared to be a wedding dress and veil.

The 20-year-old star was spotted arm-in-arm with actor Filipe Cates, while Ryder was also on set once again for the filming.

Who is in Beetlejuice 2?

Michael Keaton is, of course, back as Beetlejuice, with Winona Ryder (Lydia Deetz), Catherine O'Hara (Delia Deetz) and Monica Bellucci (Beetlejuice's wife) all returning.

There are new cast members too, with Jenna Ortega playing Lydia Deetz's daughter, while Willem Dafoe and Justin Theroux will play as yet unknown roles.

The Comet: Michael Keaton is back as Beetlejuice.Michael Keaton is back as Beetlejuice.

Brad Pitt is also listed as one of the film's producers, with his company, Plan B Entertainment, producing the film alongside Tim Burton Productions.

What is the plot of Beetlejuice 2?

The plot for Beetlejuice 2 is a closely guarded secret, but we have received some hints.

Blue Hawaii was used as a working title for the film - in reference to plans for an original sequel called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, which were drawn up in the early 1990s before being scrapped.

The original story had the Deetz family moving to Hawaii to unwittingly develop a vacation paradise on an ancient burial ground, and this could form the basis for the 2024 film.

"Tim thought it would be funny to match the surfing backdrop of a beach movie with some sort of German Expressionism, because they're totally wrong together," said screenwriter Jonathan Gems, who Burton hired to pen the original sequel.

Michael Keaton did reveal more about the film in an interview with Empire, saying: "Beetlejuice is the most f****** fun you can have working.

"It’s so fun, it’s so great. And you know what it is? We’re doing it exactly like we did the first movie.

"There’s a woman in the great waiting room for the afterlife literally with a fishing line — I want people to know this because I love it — tugging on the tail of a cat to make it move."

"We’ve both (Tim Burton) said we’re doing it many times. We both agreed, if it happens, it has to be done as close to the way we made it the first time.

"Making stuff up, making stuff happen, improvising and riffing, but literally handmade stuff like people creating things with their hands and building something.

The Comet: Fans are excited to the sequel to 1980s classic.Fans are excited to the sequel to 1980s classic. (Image: Archant)

"It’s the most fun I’ve had working on a movie in I can’t tell you how long."

Beetlejuice 2's cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos let a few more details slip while promoting his work on Kenneth Branagh's A Haunting in Venice.

"At its heart ‘Beetlejuice 2 is a story about a family," he told The Wrap.

"And now it’s 30 years later and what are the intricacies and the human condition in keeping a family together all that time set in the craziest world possible?

"That’s why I choose projects. That human connection for me is always at the forefront."