Ever since the original Beetlejuice hit theaters way back in 1988, die-hard fans have been demanding a sequel. In recent years, we've been getting closer than ever to Beetlejuice 2 coming to fruition, with screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith revealing back in January that the movie sequel may start filming by the end of this year. Michael Keaton has long been confirmed to come back as the title character, with Tim Burton set to direct, but we haven't heard anything definitive about his original Beetlejuice co-stars, such as Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Winona Ryder. During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, Winona Ryder confirmed that she is in fact coming back for Beetlejuice 2 as Lydia Deetz.
"I think I can confirm it because Tim Burton did this interview. It was very hush-hush, top secret, 'I don't know what may happen, I don't know,' and then 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 gonna be in it.' So can I say...? I mean if he said it. But I really don't know much more than anybody else."
Tim Burton did, in fact, mention last year that Winona Ryder will be back as Lydia Deetz, but we still don't know when production may actually get started. Tim Burton is currently in post-production on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which hits theaters next March. We reported earlier this year that he signed on to direct Disney's live action remake of the animated classic Dumbo, but it isn't known how far along that project is in development.
It's certainly possible that production on Beetlejuice 2 could happen by the end of this year, especially since Michael Keaton recently dropped out of Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island. The director will work from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, but there isn't anything we know about the story quite yet. With Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder on board, hopefully this will attract more original Beetlejuice stars to the project.
Winona Ryder will next be seen in the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero, which debuts on Sunday, August 16. On the big screen, she stars in Experimenter, hitting theaters this October. Are you looking forward to the actress' return as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice 2? Chime in with your thoughts after checking out her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.