Hold on to your hats, Beetlejuice lovers, because Tim Burton has just confirmed he’s coming back for ‘Beetlejuice 2′ and he’s bringing Winona Ryder with him. As well as Michael Keaton! Uh-huh, that’s a whole lot of awesome news and we’re not sure we can even handle it!
As you probably remember, earlier this fall Keaton agreed to come back for a sequel as long as Burton also said ‘Yes’ to the project and now, during an interview with MTV, the famed director revealed some exciting details about the film we’re all dying to see.
When asked if he was going forth with the project, he said he was and when the interviewer pressed him about Ryder’s involvement, he simply said, “Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.”
We’re pretty sure that’s a solid ‘yes’ – what do you think?
“I worked with Ryder, I hadn’t seen her in a while… and she was so great,” Burton went on to say. “I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”
-Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home and an obnoxious, devious ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced Beetlejuice, portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder) permanently.
After the success of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Burton was sent several scripts and became disheartened by their lack of imagination and originality. When he was sent Michael McDowell’s original script for Beetlejuice, Burton agreed to direct, although Larry Wilson and later Warren Skaaren were hired to rewrite it. Beetlejuice was a financial and critical success, grossing $73.7 million from a budget of $15 million. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and three Saturn Awards: Best Horror Film, Best Makeup and Best Supporting Actress for Sylvia Sidney, her final award before her death in 1999.