The fallout from the SAG-AFTRA strike continues, as Beetlejuice 2 has shut down production not long after moving to Vermont.
However, shortly before the strike action began, we did get some more set pictures. Taken by a group of onlookers allowed to watch filming, the photos show Jenna Ortega riding her bike through the quaint town façade. These shots also give us a look at Tim Burton, approaching Ortega and giving her direction.
Very soon afterward, active filming ceased and the constructed town of Winter River, Connecticut has been abandoned as actors have left to picket.
In a further twist, the set has become a crime scene! With the absence of cast and crew, and despite daily security, a police report has been filed detailing the theft of props from the set.
In a report made public by the East Corinth police department, photos of the stolen props have been published. The props that have been pinched are recognisable to any Beetlejuice fan as the abstract, bizarre sculptures crafted by Catherine O’Hara’s Delia Deetz.
We do not support theft of any kind, so if, by some long-shot, the perpetrator reads this… please return them!
So, it seems Beetlejuice 2, like countless other productions, has hit a wall due to the strike and a very unexpected theft.
So, what’s next? Unfortunately, we must wait out the strike action if any project is to resume filming. However, although filming with actors can’t progress, it’s entirely possible second unit filming will continue and special effects work can carry on.
Hollywood may be at a stand-still, but if we have any further developments on the Beetlejuice theft, we’ll bring them to you.