Coming Soon: A Documentary on the Making of Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice has been made into a Broadway musical, merchandise, and a TV show. Now, as Nerdist reports, Tim Burton's 1988 spectral comedy is getting its own making-of documentary.
Fred China, the director of the upcoming Documentary for the Recently Deceased: The Making of Beetlejuice, is a self-described Beetlejuice superfan. The French filmmaker specializes in making documentaries about classic movies from the 1980s. He produced the Back to the Future documentary Back in Time and the Ghostbusters documentary Ghostheads, both of which were crowdfunded by fans. Documentary for the Recently Deceased will also be the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Through interviews with the people involved and special archival footage, the documentary will provide a fresh look at Tim Burton's sophomore directorial effort. Based on the trailer, it looks like the film will explore the special effects and art direction that helped make Beetlejuice iconic. No collaborations with any of the cast members have been announced yet, but the Kickstarter page does guarantee a few surprise interviews. Fans will have to wait until the documentary's release—likely around December—to see if Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, or Michael Keaton make an appearance.
From the screenwriting process to the actors who almost signed on, the story of Beetlejuice is filled with fascinating tidbits. Here are more facts about the film.