Tim Burton sowed the seeds, Michael Keaton plumped the fruit and now Winona Ryder is saying Beetlejuice 2 is really a thing.
Ryder was just 17 when she played Lydia Deetz, the daughter of a family haunted in their new home by a phantom called Betelgeuse, in the 1988 fantasy film, which went to spawn an animated TV series Burton also directed.
In late 2013, news broke Burton was in conversations with Warner Bros to direct the sequel to his critical and commercial success.
The subsequent year, Keaton revealed he was in email contact with Burton over the job: “If he is in, it is going to be hard not to be in.”
Burton confirmed a script was in progress in December 2014 and he would like to utilize the Birdman star onto it.
“There’s just one Beetlejuice, and that’s Michael,” the manager said.
The writers last reported to be connected to the screenplay were Seth Grahame-Smith, who composed Burton’s Dark Shadows, and David Katzenberg.
“That must mean there is something very sort of pure about it in a weird way,” she told Myers.