So, for those of you keeping up, the Beetlejuice sequel story goes like this: Seth Graham-Smith (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has written the script for Beettlejuice 2. Tim Burton likes the script, and is now in talks to return to direct, and Michael Keaton, who starred in the original film, is set to reprise his role.
Now, Winona Ryder has spoke about her possible involvement!
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Ryder couldn’t say much about Beetlejuice 2, and would not confirm being a part of it, but she teased by saying: “I’m kind of sworn to secrecy, but it sounds like it might be happening.”
Now, you can take from that what you want, but while she has not confirmed her involvement, she has not denied it either, and she did go on to talk about the setting for the sequel. She claims it will take place in real-time from the events of the first film (she was only 17 when she appeared in the first film). Now, over 25 years on from the first film, the sequel is set to be based roughly the same amount of time later:
“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” said Ryder.
She went on to express her fondness of playing Lydia “That’s one of those movies where little kids stop me,” she said. “I’m so associated with it. I think it gave me my career. I was such a weird looking kid.”
However, there has been some complaints from Beetlejuice fans worried about a sequel tampering with the legacy of the classic original film, and Ryder explained “It’s a very precious movie to people. So there are a lot people like, ‘DON’T.’”
Finally, Ryder told the site that she would only return for the sequel if Burton and Keaton were involved (which it sounds like they are): “I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael,” she said. “Because those guys, I love.”
Expect much more on this as the story develops.