Winona Ryder Teases Her Involvement with ‘Beetlejuice 2′

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It’s difficult to say, for the time being, if everyone should be more excited or nervous about Tim Burton directing Beetlejuice 2, given his mixed filmmaking output in recent years.

Fortunately, the quirky director has a few intriguing projects lined up for him to make before he resurrects The Ghost with the Most, drawing from a script that was penned by Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). If Burton is able to maintain his current stride, then he could build on the momentum he gained from last year’s well-received Frankenweenie; and thus, get everyone more enthused about seeing a Beetlejuice sequel in the near future.

Assuming that Burton’s negotiations result in a deal, the plan is for him to steer the ship on Beetlejuice 2, with Michael Keaton once again playing the title character – who, after 25 years, is still perhaps the most widely recognized pale-faced Burton protagonist (not played by Johnny Depp, that is). But will a 42-year old Winona Ryder also reprise her role from the original film as Lydia Deetz, the (former?) Goth who narrowly avoided becoming a wedded teenager back in the day to a much older man (scandalous, to say the least).

Here is what Ryder told The Daily Beast (hat tip to Badass Digest), earlier this week:

“I’m kind of sworn to secrecy. But it sounds like ['Beetlejuice 2'] might be happening.”

It was well over a year ago that Ryder said that she was headed to meet up with her Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands director, in order to find out for herself if there was any fire behind all this sequel talk smoke. Judging by her latest comments (combined with the recent updates on the project), it’s safe to say the answer was “yes”; moreover, that Ryder will be involved with the Beetlejuice sequel, if it does in fact come to fruition.

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Ryder, like everyone else associated with Beetlejuice 2 to date, knows that she’s treading on sacred ground her, as she admitted to The Daily Beast that “It’s a very precious movie to people. So there are a lot people like, ‘DON’T.’” Indeed, as was discussed on a past episode of the Screen Rant Underground Podcast, the original Beetlejuice movie was an exotic bird in the 1980s – a PG-Rated comedy with F-bombs, freaky creatures that gave many a kid nightmares and twisted skewering of yuppie culture – today, it’s difficult to imagine such a movie ever managing to get a green light (from a lesser-known director, anyway).

However, the fact that Beetlejuice 2 is not a remake/reboot of the franchise, but instead a genuine continuation of the original film, is part of what many people find intriguing about it, Ryder included:

“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. 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.

“I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael. Because those guys, I love.”

Ryder has been playing second fiddle to other actors in her recent live-action films (Star Trek, Black Swan, The Iceman) – she was also part of the voice cast on Frankenweenie – so it would be a welcome change of pace for her to play a more central role, especially in a quality Beetlejuice sequel. As mentioned before, though, Burton has some other items on his plate to finish before that can happen, including the true-story memoir Big Eyes and novel adaptation Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars.

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More on Beetlejuice 2 as it becomes available.

Source: The Daily Beast [via Badass Digest]

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  1. Let’s hope it doesn’t suck because of modern day special effects.

    • While I was not the biggest fan of this movie, its practical effects and makeup were outstanding. Hopefully they do not go all Alice in Wonderland style with the sequel. I woukdnt mind a mix but it cant be all mondern day cgi etc.

    • This is most important. Just like Ghostbusters, it wasnt as much the story as it was the fun special effects that were used.
      I would like to think with all the claymation that Burton still does that he would want to keep it true to its roots.

      • yeah! maybe have henry selick oversee stop motion effects that would be integrated into the film like Selick did on Monkeybone or The Life Aquatic

    • It’s gotta be practical, not CGI. Practical is less expensive according to many directors, one of which is Ridley Scott. And CGI was the main reason ‘The Thing (2011)’ was not as good as John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ (there was also the studio meddling and wanting character develop scenes cut and the whole ending redone in complete CGI).

      For those who like practical effects, check this out from the guys who do a lot of the practical effects these days…

      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1117671683/harbinger-down-a-practical-creature-fx-film

  2. Sounds promising. I’d welcome her return. She could be a CEO of some corporation, or something, HELL even bring back Alec Baldwin and whatsherface. she needs some acting jobs, eh?

  3. Do ghosts gain weight? Because if the Maitlands come back, Adam lhas definitely let himself go. Michael Keaton should be okay with a little CGI age regression. It would be cool to have a scene with him alive explaining how Beetlejuice died and became the way he is.

    • Keaton will be in full face make up anyway, no need for CG age regression. Good point about the Maitlands, though, lol.

  4. 27 Years????!!!!!!!! Flip! I feel really old after reading that.

  5. Yeah she was such a “weird looking kid”. That must be why I spent so much time imagining her in high school.
    Such a humble remark seems like a bid for attention, like all her comments about this sequel.
    The physical effects from the first one don’t hold up that well but that doesn’t mean cgi couldn’t be used to clean up new ones in a new film. I’m for the old school movie magic over watery cartoons like Lucas was making, but let’s not romanticize it too much. Nothing is sacred.

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