Talks of a sequel to ‘Beetlejuice’ have been going on for quite some time now. Back in March, writer Seth Grahame-Smith teased that he was working on a script for the follow-up to the 1988 film featuring the ghost with the most. Then, earlier this month, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton seemed to have deemed the script worthy of making and have been rumored to be attached to the project. Now, another key player from the original has come out and said that she too may be involved.
While speaking to The Daily Beast, Winona Ryder revealed that she might be gearing up to reprise her role as Lydia Deetz, the moody, angst-ridden teenage Goth girl whose family moves into the house that the titular character is tasked with “bio-exorcising”. The actress then goes into a few details of the film that tell us that it’s meant to take place nearly three decades after the first one:
“I’m kind of sworn to secrecy, but it sounds like it might be happening. 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. I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael. Because those guys, I love.”
With such integral pieces in play at the moment, it really looks as if ‘Beetlejuice 2’ could be happening. Like Ryder, I am also interested in what an adult Lydia is up to. Additionally, I wonder how the groovy ghoul reenters her life. I don’t really see Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis’ characters being to blame this time, but it’s got to be something good if everybody’s on board to revisit these beloved characters. As long as Grahame-Smith steered clear of looking to the cartoon for inspiration, I think it’ll be a fun story to revisit once Betelgeuse returns to haunt theaters.
What do you think of Winona Ryder reprising her role of Lydia Deetz in a sequel to ‘Beetlejuice’? What do you think she’s been up to since breaking out into her famous rendition of “Jump In The Line”? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.