When actress Winona Ryder made an appearance on the talk show Late Night with Seth Myers, she confirmed major news for Beetlejuice fans. Yes, the 1988 Tim Burton-directed fantasy film starring Michael Keaton will finally get a sequel.
Ryder, 43, who starred in the original movie, said, “I think I can confirm it,” when she visited the show to promote her new HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero.
The iconic 90s actress explained that initially everything about the project was supposed to be “top secret.” However, in a recent interview to promote his new film Big Eyes, Burton revealed the news, saying, “Winona’s going to be in it.” So the actress claims that if he could say it, so could she.
In the original blockbuster, Ryder played Lydia Deetz, the child of a family haunted in their new house by a ghost named Betelgeuse (played by Keaton)—at the time, Winona Ryder was only 17. The movie was so successful that Burton went on to develop an animated spin-off TV show.
The Beetlejuice sequel has been anticipated since 2013 when the news first got out that director Burton, 56, was in talks with Warner Bros. A year later, Michael Keaton admitted to being in touch with Burton too, saying that if the critically acclaimed director was on board, then it would be hard for him not to be in it.
In December 2014, a script-in-progress was affirmed, and Burton himself confessed to wanting to work with the 63-year-old Batman Returns star again.
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith of Dark Shadows fame has been reportedly attached to the new Beetlejuice screenplay, along with David Katzenberg producing.
Meanwhile, Ryder also told Seth Meyers that even today, she is still stopped by fans and requested to repeat, “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice,” just like in the movie. There is no word yet on the release date for the sequel.
Groves, N., “Beetlejuice 2 is really happening, confirms Winona Ryder,” The Guardian web site, August 12, 2015; http://goo.gl/GGFzLV.