81st Venice Film Festival Kicks Off with Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice”

Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (2024). Photo: Tim Burton Productions
Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (2024). Photo: Tim Burton Productions

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Tim Burton’s "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice" will premiere as the opening film of the 81st Venice International Film Festival in Italy. Starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Jenna Ortega, the film marks a highly anticipated return to the iconic character. The festival runs from August 28 to September 7, 2024.

Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice" will be the opening film of the 81st Venice International Film Festival, held as part of La Biennale di Venezia. The world premiere will take place on August 28, 2024, in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema, marking the beginning of the festival, which runs until September 7, 2024. This out-of-competition film features a stellar cast, including Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Justin Theroux, Monica Bellucci, Jenna Ortega, and Willem Dafoe.

Alberto Barbera, the festival director, praised the film, stating, "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice marks the long-awaited return of one of the most iconic characters of Tim Burton’s cinema, but also the happy confirmation of the extraordinary visionary talent and the masterly realization of one of the most fascinating auteurs of his time."

Tim Burton expressed his excitement, saying, "I’m very excited by this. It means a lot to me to have the world premiere of this film at the Venice Film Festival."

"Beetlejuice Beetlejuice," a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, will be released in theaters and IMAX on September 6, 2024, in North America and internationally starting on September 4, 2024.

The film reunites Tim Burton and Michael Keaton, who reprises his iconic role as Beetlejuice. The cast includes Oscar nominee Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz, Emmy winner Catherine O’Hara as Delia Deetz, and introduces new characters played by Justin Theroux, Monica Bellucci, Arthur Conti, Jenna Ortega as Lydia’s daughter Astrid, and Willem Dafoe.

The story follows the Deetz family, who return home to Winter River after a family tragedy. Lydia's rebellious teenage daughter Astrid discovers a model of the town in the attic, accidentally opening a portal to the Afterlife and unleashing Beetlejuice.

The screenplay, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, is based on a story by Gough, Millar, and Seth Grahame-Smith. The production team includes Marc Toberoff, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tommy Harper, and Tim Burton, with Sara Desmond, Katterli Frauenfelder, Gough, Millar, Larry Wilson, Laurence Senelick, and Brad Pitt as executive producers.

Tim Burton's creative team features director of photography Haris Zambarloukos, production designer Mark Scruton, editor Jay Prychidny, costume designer Colleen Atwood, special makeup FX supervisor Neal Scanlan, visual effects supervisor Angus Bickerton, composer Danny Elfman, and hair and makeup designer Christine Blundell.

Tim Burton is known for his distinctive artistic style and imaginative storytelling, with a filmography that includes classics such as "Beetlejuice" (1988), "Batman" (1989), "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993). His influence extends beyond filmmaking into fine art, photography, and sculpture, embodying the spirit of Pop Surrealism.