It has long been rumored that Michael Keaton would return as the “ghost with the most” if Warner Bros. were to ever make a new Beetlejuice movie. Earlier this month, Keaton was confirmed to be involved in the new “sequel”, which now has Tim Burton circling to direct.
If that weren’t exciting as it is, Winona Ryder has told The Daily Beast that she may be on board, too!
“I’m kind of sworn to secrecy,” Ryder said Monday afternoon in Los Angeles. “But it sounds like it might be happening.“
Explains the site, Ryder acknowledged that there’s been some backlash among Beetlejuice fans worried about Burton tampering with the legacy of the 1988 original, which grossed $73.7 million, won an Academy Award for Best Makeup, and put Burton, Keaton, and Ryder on Hollywood’s A-list. “It’s a very precious movie to people,” she explained. “So there are a lot people like, ‘DON’T.’”
But when Ryder heard that Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Burton’s Dark Shadows) had penned a sequel set decades after the first film, she was immediately intrigued.
“It’s not a remake,” Ryder revealed. “It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia [Deetz, Ryder’s teenage goth character] so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.”
Ryder insisted that if Burton and Keaton had passed, she would have, too. “I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael,” she said. “Because those guys, I love.”
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