“BEETLEJUICE 2”: Ryder “interested” In Lydia 27 years later


Is there any sequel in the horror scene that’s as hotly debated as the in-development BEETLEJUICE 2? Aside from scribe Seth Grahame-Smith and director Tim Burton, not many are privy to the details behind the follow-up to the horror-comedy classic, but one who knows is certainly someone whose participation warrants excitement: Winona Ryder. Yes, Lydia herself spoke about the potential film, treading lightly on the details but sharing enough to possibly help quiet the project’s detractors.

“I’m kind of sworn to secrecy,” Ryder told The Daily Beast, “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.”

The involvement of Ryder would be further affirm that the sequel will be tied to the original’s roots, following the attachment of Michael Keaton and Tim Burton, who is currently in talks to direct. In fact, the return of Keaton and Burton were seemingly an important factor for Ryder.

“It’s a very precious movie to people, so there are a lot people like, ‘DON’T,’” continued the star. “I’m so associated with it. I think it gave me my career… I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael. Because those guys, I love.”

Of course, nothing is official just yet, but with the wave of nostalgia that’s driven beloved properties to return seemingly from the dead, one could assume the fast-tracked nature of this production is a good sign. Ryder’s recent reunion with Tim Burton on FRANKENWEENIE was acclaimed and well-received among international audiences, so with all the original players lined up, maybe BEETLEJUICE 2 will be a return to form for all involved.

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