The 1988 cult movie classic, Beetlejuice has been confirmed for a sequel by Winona Ryder during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday. “I think I can confirm it,” Ryder, who was at Late Night to promote HBO new miniseries Show Me A Hero. 


“It [the sequel] was very hush hush top secret,” Ryder, who played Lydia Deetz in the movie told Meyers. “but then [Tim Burton] was doing some press for Big Eyes and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘Oh yeah, we’re doing it, and Winona’s going to be in it.'”

“If he said it, I can say it,” added the 43-year-old actress, who also told the host that she doesn’t know much more about the sequel. Ryder was only 17 when she played Lydia, the daughter of a family haunted in their new home by a ghost called Betelgeuse, played by Michael Keaton, but the actress revealed that little kids still recognize her character from the popular fantasy film. “Yes, little kids. I love that. I’m so touched by that because how do they know? … there’s so much CGI [Computer-generated Imagery] and middle earth and there’s all this stuff, but they love Beetlejuice.” “That must mean there’s something very pure about it in a weird way,” Ryder added, to which Meyers agreed, calling it a “timeless film.”

In December of 2014, Burton confirmed a Beetlejuice script was in progress and said that he would love to work with Keaton again. “There’s only one Beetlejuice, and that’s Michael,” the director told Variety. “There is a script, and I would love to work with him again. I think there is now a better chance than ever … I miss that character.”

Ryder also admitted that sometimes TSA agents make her say “Beetlejuice” three times before letting her through security, which, then Meyers pointed out, that it is not the worst thing that can ever happen to you at airport security. “I’m very superstitious so now that I think there’s going to be a sequel I’m like … what if I say it three times and then there’s no sequel,” she added.

Watch Ryder’s interview below:


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