There’s been conjecture concerning a Beetlejuice sequel for awhile now, and it seems Winona Ryder has finally confirmed plans for a new Beetlejuice film, so it may only be a matter of time before Tim Burton brings back everyone’s favorite bio-exorcist. Although Winona asserts that Burton had already revealed the news in a previous interview, Ms. Ryder confirmed the news during a talk on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
“I think I can confirm it,” Ryder suggested. “It was very hush-hush top secret … but then [Tim Burton] was doing some press for Big Eyes and and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘Oh yeah, we’re doing it, and Winona’s going to be in it.’ … If he said it, I can say it.”
Winona also admitted to feeling shocked upon hearing Burton mention her name in relation to the Beetlejuice sequel, particularly since Ryder seems to be just as much in the dark as the general public.
“I really don’t know much more than anybody.”
The Beetlejuice director has previously seemed confident that he would be able to commit the other essential Beetlejuice star to the sequel, even though Warner Bros. has yet to greenlight the project. It may be possible that Tim has been lining up resources and personnel for a Beetlejuice sequel, so that he can be ready to go as soon as he gets the word.
“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 that’s cathartic and amazing about it. I think it’s closer than ever.”
Meanwhile, Winona reveals that she’s required to summon Beetlejuice every time she travels, blaming T.S.A. for holding her back until she steps into her Lydia Deetz character.
“I have not been let through security unless I said (Beetlejuice),” Ms. Ryder laughed.
While it has been 27 years since Beetlejuice last saw the big screen, an animated Beetlejuice television series entertained fans from 1989 through 1991 with Alyson Court filling Ryder’s role and Stephen Ouimette playing the part of Beetlejuice.
Winona Ryder has been with other projects in recent years. Coming off the feature film Experimenter (2015), Winona stepped right into filling two television roles, both of which are currently in production. Ms. Ryder is currently filming Show Me a Hero, an HBO crime drama, which Winona will follow up by starring in the thriller Montauk.
[Featured image: Winona Ryder courtesy of Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images]