Winona Ryder on ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel: “I think it would be great if it happened”

The actress is open to starring in a follow-up to the cult film

Winona Ryder has given her blessing to a potential sequel for cult classic Beetlejuice.

A follow-up to the 1988 movie has been mooted for some years. Ryder, who played the role of Lydia Deetz in the original, said that a second Beetlejuice film “would be great if it happened” in a recent interview.

“I don’t really know what’s going on with that. Obviously, it was an iconic film. The only way it could really ever be done is with Tim [Burton] and Michael [Keaton],” she told Collider. “I don’t know. There’s something that really resonates with all ages, with that film. It’s interesting. I think it would be great if it happened, if it was the right circumstances.”

She added: “Gosh, you know you’re getting older when they’re making TV shows, sequels or plays for things that you did. It’s very flattering and very humbling, indeed. I heard they were making another Little Women. Mine was the fifth one, so that’s kudos to Louisa May Alcott. It’s just very flattering.”

Last month, Burton said that he is interested in making a sequel to the film with the right script.


“It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right—because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet,” he told Collider at a press junket.

The director has previously commissioned a screenplay for the project when his Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith pitched the idea but nothing has been confirmed since.