Winona Ryder said recently that a sequel to her ’80s hit Beetlejuice is definitely in the works, and talked a bit about how she’s still instantly tied to the film when fans see her out.
Ryder said that director Tim Burton had been going back and forth on whether the movie would happen but mentioned in a recent interview that it was in the works and that she was going to star.
“I think I can confirm it because Tim Burton did this interview. Like, it was very hush-hush top secret, ‘Oh I don’t know, it might 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’ … I mean if he said it then I can,” Winona said.
Ryder starred in the original 1988 film as Lydia, a teen who moves into a haunted house against her wishes and ends up bonding with the ghosts (a married couple played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis). Beetlejuice was played by Michael Keeton, and Tim Burton has said that he can’t see anyone else playing the over-the-top “Ghost With The Most”.
“There’s only one Beetlejuice and that’s Michael. There is a script, and I would love to work with him again. I think there is now a better chance than ever … I miss that character. There’s something cathartic and amazing about it,” Burton said.
Winona Ryder has quite a lot on her plate right now, between an HBO miniseries called Show Me a Hero and a Netflix original series, Montauk, but it sounds like if Burton calls, she’ll be there. That’s great news for fans of the original movie, but right now there’s nothing set in stone. For Ryder, the film will always be a touchstone for her fans, who still ask her do say one of the most famous lines from the film: “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!” Ryder says the requests have even come from customs officers at airports.
“It’s better than a strip search or Taser,” Winona said.