Tim Burton’s works have been celebrated in many ways over the years, but his hometown of Burbank is taking things to the next level by giving him an official holiday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Burbank City Council has declared that Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, will be “Tim Burton Day.” Burton was born and raised in the city of Burbank, which is part of Los Angeles County.
The holiday will coincide with Burton’s attendance at the Burbank International Film Festival at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center. Burton already has a connection with the festival, as he agreed to allow his name to be used for an annual award called The Tim Burton Visionary Award. The award, which was first presented last year, is presented to local filmmakers who have shown unique imagination and creativity in their work.
Burbank, California, is establishing September 24, 2023, as “Tim Burton Day,” to honor the legendary filmmaker.
Tim Burton has certainly led an interesting and long career since his Burbank beginnings, making a name for himself with visually inventive, whimsical, and often macabre projects. Some highlights of his career include the stop-motion animated The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and the Michael Keaton Batman films. Burton most recently found a perfect match for his talents on the Netflix series Wednesday, which stars Jenna Ortega as the titular Addams Family daughter.
Burton served as executive producer on Wednesday and directed four episodes of the eight-episode season. While Tim Burton may have an award and holiday named after him now, he may be taking some awards home soon, as Wednesday is nominated for multiple Emmys, including Best Comedy Series and Best Directing for a Comedy Series. The series was also a massive smash hit for Netflix and has already got the green light for a second season.
Tim Burton Is Working On Beetlejuice 2
Tim Burton will undoubtedly have a hand in the second season of Wednesday, but in the meantime, he is likely working on his next big project — Beetlejuice 2. After many years of hoping and speculation, the Beetlejuice sequel finally got an official release date from Warner Bros Discovery and is expected to come out on September 6, 2024. Burton is returning to direct and will also produce along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment production company.
While fans are undoubtedly going to be a little hesitant about Beetlejuice 2 living up to the original, there are a lot of elements in place that make it seem promising. Tim Burton’s involvement was a good start, but Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara reprising their roles certainly add to the confidence levels. The new cast also seems like a great fit, as Wednesday‘s Jenna Ortega is on board along with Justin Theroux, Monica Belluci, and Willem Dafoe.
Beetlejuice 2 reunites Tim Burton with the stars of the original film, and Jenna Ortega, star of Wednesday.
Jenna Ortega isn’t the only member of the Wednesday team joining Beetlejuice 2, as Wednesday creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar penned the screenplay from a story by Seth Grahame-Smith. Danny Elfman will also be returning to compose the score. We’ll have to wait until 2024 to see if Tim Burton can make the most of this promising creative team and strike gold with Beetlejuice again.