Everything about Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice was so colorful, dynamic and unique; one can only wonder what the Deetz’s world (and the people that inhabited it) would look like 27 years later. After certain people confirmed their spots in the project, it looks like fans will be getting the chance to find out!
Both Burton himself and Michael Keaton have confirmed their involvement in the sequel, and at one point Burton even confirmed for Winona Ryder as well; but until her latest visit to Late Night with Seth Myers, the former Lydia Deetz herself had yet to comment. Here’s how she finally broke her silence:
“I think I can confirm it because Tim Burton did this interview. It was very hush-hush, top secret, ‘I don’t know what may happen, I don’t know,’ and then he was doing some press for ‘Big Eyes’ and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘Oh yeah, we’re doing it and Winona’s gonna be in it.’ So can I say…? I mean if he said it. But I really don’t know much more than anybody else.”
So the movie is obviously still in development, but screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith said earlier this year that the film could potentially go into production at the end of this year. Ryder pointed out an important distinction about the film in an earlier interview:
“It’s not a remake. It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia [Deetz, Ryder’s teenage goth character] so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.”
While promoting his film Big Eyes, Tim Burton weighed in on the prospect of a sequel, leaving us with all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings:
“It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.
“I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”
Seeing the cast and crew so excited about a sequel really adds to the overall fan excitement. It’s palpable, the sense of how much they really want to make this film; it’s not something they’re contractually obliged to do. They truly miss these characters, and are going back to re-visit them by choice. With what an iconic splash the original made back in the 90’s, it will be interesting to see if the sequel will be just as influential!
For a fun little refresher course, check out these 13 facts about the first Beetlejuice movie.