As Nerd Media has been eagerly reporting, Beetlejuice 2 is well on the way to being summoned forth into the land of the living. Star–and ONLY actor who could possibly play the “Ghost With The Most”–Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton have both essentially confirmed their presence.
(and please remember my use of the word “essentially” if/when this information is denied/disproved)
Now it appears Winona Ryder is following suit.
Ryder spoke on the highly anticipated sequel yesterday afternoon with The Daily Beast:
I’m kind of sworn to secrecy. But it sounds like it might be happening.
Granted, there are fans who are less than thrilled with the idea of making a sequel to such a beloved movie, as Ryder herself noted:
It’s a very precious movie to people. So there are a lot people like, ‘DON’T.’
Ryder became interested in reprising her 1988 breakout role as “Model-A Creepy Girl” Lydia Deetz when she read the Beetlejuice 2 script written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows):
It’s not a remake. It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.
Even after nearly three decades, Beetlejuice remains a film very close to the actress’ heart:
That’s one of those movies where little kids stop me. I’m so associated with it. I think it gave me my career. I was such a weird looking kid.
But whatever her feelings for Beetlejuice, Ryder wouldn’t have even considered being a part of a follow-up that didn’t involve Keaton and Burton:
I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael. Because those guys, I love.”
Source: The Daily Beast