Beetlejuice star's enigmatic remarks mean sequel 'might be happening'

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Nov 19, 2013

The idea of Beetlejuice 2 just got a little more real. 

A sequel to the beloved and satisfyingly self-contained (you know, except for that cartoon) Beetlejuice once seemed like little more than some studio executive's pipe dream, but as more key people from the original film come forward to talk about the project, it seems like something that could actually happen. After years of development hell, writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was able to get a script together recently, and then the really big news dropped: a report that both star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton were coming back for a second Beetlejuice adventure. 

News like that, if it turns out to be true, is hard to top, but what about the rest of the original Beetlejuice team? Whatever happened, for instance, to Lydia Deetz, Winona Ryder's suicidal teenager who almost married the Ghost with the Most and then apparently lived happily ever after with her ghost friends?

According to Lydia herself, Winona Ryder, we might soon find out.

"I'm kind of sworn to secrecy," Ryder told The Daily Beast. "But it sounds like it might be happening."

Whoa, so Lydia could be back too? We could get not one, not two, but three of the quintessential Beetlejuice elements together again? Ryder wouldn't say much about what her character is up to now, but did confirm that the film would basically take place in present day. Or, if you do the math, in 2015, which seems like comfortable release date territory if this film really happens.

"It's not a remake," Ryder said. "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 idea of revisiting Lydia as an adult as she once again meets up with Beetlejuice (or, technically, "Betelgeuse") himself, not some other actor taking over the role, is exciting for any fan, but Ryder also said that she wouldn't do it without one crucial element in place: her original collaborators.

"I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael," she said. "Because those guys, I love."

So Ryder's definitely interested, and if all the insider reports are to be believed, so are Keaton and Burton. This could really happen, Beetlejuice fans, a sequel that doesn't just piggyback on the idea of the original but actually features the beloved stars of the show nearly three decades later. But will it happen? With so much chatter about the film these days, it seems like we might actually see a Beetlejuice resurrection soon.

(Via The Daily Beast)

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