There have been talks of a Beetlejuice sequel for years, but now it looks like it is finally happening! It was announced in late 2013 that director of the original film, Tim Burton, was in talks with Warner Bros to direct a sequel. This is something Burton has been keen to do since the success of the original film, which spawned a cartoon TV series (which Burton was the executive producer of), and a whole range of merchandise. In June 2014, Burton confirmed that he was working on a script. It is unclear what the story will revolve around, but Burton’s initial ideas in the late 80s/early 90s involve Beetlejuice visiting Hawaii.
Winona Ryder, 17 at the time the original film was made, starred as gothic girl Lydia in Beetlejuice and has confirmed she is on board for the sequel. Michael Keaton has also been confirmed as reprising his role as creepy poltergeist Beetlejuice. It has not yet been confirmed whether Ryder will reprise her role as Lydia, but it seems likely. An older Lydia perhaps in a relationship with Beetlejuice as she was in the cartoon series. The screenwriters last attached to the project include Seth Grahame-Smith who wrote Burton’s comical vampire film Dark Shadows, and David Katzenberg.
Whatever the film consists of, with the key stars of the original Beetlejuice and its glorious comical horror director Burton all set to return to work on the sequel, it is bound to be a fun film that after almost three decades will finally be made.