Like the “Ghostbusters” franchise, “Beetlejuice” is a film that has been looking to get a sequel underway for quite some time. Back in the late 90s, the script for a movie called “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian” was in development, but nothing ever really came of that. Since then, it’s popped up every few years as “in development,” but now according to an interview with actress Winona Ryder, “Beetlejuice 2” is most definitely happening.
Take a look at the clip yourself from “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”
Ryder's comments on the film are as follows:
“Um, I think I can confirm it, because Tim Burton did this interview — like, it was very hush hush, top secret … and then when he was doing some press for 'Big Eyes' and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘Oh yeah we’re doing it and Winona’s going to be in it,’ and I was like [shocked face]. Can I say? I mean if he said it, I can say it!”
The interview in question could be one of two.
The first was in an interview with IGN, where director Tim Burton said the “Beetlejuice” sequel was closer than ever.
“There’s only one Beetlejuice, and that’s Michael [Keaton]. 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.”
It’s almost a confirmation, but not quite. In another interview, this time with MTV, where the interviewer says “Tell me Winona [Ryder] has a part in it.”
Burton’s response was a confident “Oh yeah, yeah yeah.”
It seems like the latter interview could be the one Ryder is referring to. Granted, it’s important to note that neither of these were confirmations that the film was actually going to happen, but rather a confirmation that if it were going to happen, it would have both Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder reprising their roles.
So there you go! Winona Ryder may have just inadvertently broken the news that “Beetlejuice 2” is on its way to a theater near you! That being said, it’s always a bit dubious when you take the word of an actor. They’re usually the last people to trust in the hierarchy of trustworthy sources, as they often have little involvement with the development, scriptwriting, or producing processes of the films.
What do you think? Is another “Beetlejuice” film actually underway, or was this a premature slip-up from Ryder?
Let us know your thoughts below!