While we’ve had an idea that a new film featuring everyone’s favorite “bio-exorcist” would be coming, we now have some more solid confirmation.
Appearing on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” actress Winona Ryder — who played Lydia Deetz in 1988’s Beetlejuice — confirmed that a second film was indeed in the works, and with the two primary players who made the original so special: director Tim Burton, and star Michael Keaton. Ryder, who at first wasn’t sure if she could confirm the project’s existence, called back to Burton himself confirming the film when he did an on-camera interview for his film Big Eyes. See the interaction between Ryder and Meyers below.
At the beginning of the year, we shared a story that detailed the film’s screenwriter, Seth Grahame-Smith, sharing news about the supposed status of the upcoming project, including discussions some pretty solid info regarding the three main players that would be needed to make this effort happen: Ryder, Keaton, and Burton. While some may find it curious that a sequel to a film produced in 1988 is likely coming our way, in the “Late Night” segment, Ryder shares that a lot of young fans still recognize her from Beetlejuice.
Beetlejuice was Burton and Keaton’s preceding project before 1989’s Batman, which seemingly took some of the heat out of making a follow-up in the immediate few years after the release of the original. Talk of some kind of follow-up seems to have been on the radar since at least the mid-1990’s, as writer/director Kevin Smith detailed in The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? that he had spoken to Warner Bros. about touching up a script called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. Thankfully, that project never came to fruition.
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