What happens when three people -- Tim Burton, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder -- all say the name “Beetlejuice” to the press? We get a confirmed “Beetlejuice” sequel, of course.
It’s been confirmed that everyone’s favorite bio-exorcist is returning to the big screen for a full-fledged sequel to the classic 1988 horror-comedy. Ryder confirmed the news during an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” where she built off Burton’s recent comments to officially announce that “Beetlejuice 2” is a reality.
“It was very hush hush, top secret,” the former Lydia Deetz actress says in the video below. “[Burton] did an on camera interview, and he said, ’Yes! We’re doing it! And Winona is going to be in it!’ And I was like–”
The 43-year-old actress went on to say that she’s only half-sure she has the authority to drop the news, but said that if the director is saying it, it must be true. After all, Ryder isn’t the first one to admit that she’s both on board and excited to revisit the bureaucracy of death established in the original. The only question now is, with the offer on the table, will the man himself return to the role?
As previously reported, Tim Burton confessed that the long-rumored “Beetlejuice” sequel was closer to reality than ever before during an interview with IGN to promote his new film “Big Eyes” in December. He said he’d love to return to the world of “Beetlejuice,” but only on one very important condition:
“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.”
Prior to Burton’s statement, Keaton discussed the possibility of a “Beetlejuice” revival to MTV News in February 2014.
“I’ve e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff,” he said. “I always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.”
The 63-year-old actor went on to say that if Burton was on board, it would be very difficult for him to turn the part down. However, these statements were made prior to the actor’s colossal, Oscar-winning hit “Birdman.” If Burton stays true to his own comments, news of a “Beetlejuice” sequel much equates to news that Keaton is signed on.
As for other principal stars including Charles Deetz (Jeffrey Jones), Delia Deetz (Catherine O’Hara), Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis) or Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) - there’s no word yet on who will and will not be returning either for a major role or cameo.
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