Winona Ryder says Beetlejuice sequel “might be happening”

The 42-year-old actress who played Lydia Drew opposite Michael Keaton in Tim Burton's 1988 original is keen to return for the follow-up

Winona Ryder’s voice has been added to the persistent chatter of a follow-up to 1988 smash Beetle Juice. 


27 years after Tim Burton’s original became a cult hit, the actress has been talking about plans to team up with Michael Keaton for a sequel. “I’m kind of sworn to secrecy, but it sounds like it might be happening,” she told American site The Daily Beast

“It’s not a remake,” she continued. “It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia [Deetz, her teenage goth character] so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.” 

The 42-year-old’s comments come after star Michael Keaton confirmed earlier this month that a long-mooted sequel was “a go”. It had previously been reported that original director Tim Burton was “officially in talks” to helm the follow-up, which is rumoured to have been in the works at Warner Bros since September 2011. 

The 80s original grossed £45m when it was first released, a huge figure at the time, and won an Academy Award for best makeup. Also starring Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, it followed a recently deceased couple who become ghosts and employ a “bio-exorcist” named Beetlejuice (Keaton) – the self-styled “Ghost wtih the most” – to scare away their homes’s new inhabitants.  

Ryder – who went on to star in Heathers and Edward Scissorhands – insisted she would not be interested in a second film if Burton and Keaton were not on board. “I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael. Because those guys, I love.”