Pull up a chair, because you’re going to want to be seated for this one: Beetlejuice is getting a sequel--and Winona Ryder, Michael Keaton, and Tim Burton are all on board. Go ahead and start dancing to “Day-O,” shouting “Beetlejuice” three times in a row, or whatever else you need to do as you freak out, I’ll wait.OK, so here’s what’s known about it so far: not much. Ryder (aka Lydia Deetz, aka my eternal girl crush) told The Daily Beast, “I’m kind of sworn to secrecy,” but went on to say that, “It’s not a remake, it’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.“
Us too--which is why we’ve spent the day brainstorming what, exactly, that might look like. It seems like we’ve got a few years until we know for sure--Beetlejuice came out 25 years ago, so the sequel probably won’t be out until 2015--but while we wait, here are five potential plot lines in Beetlejuice 2; let us know your predictions on Twitter and Facebook!
Plot Idea One: “Lydia Deetz is a famous art photographer in New York. Think weird famous, not annoying famous. She buys an old brownstone in Brooklyn, and--surprise!--it’s haunted. Now, Lydia would never be afraid of ghosts, but they’re just really annoying, to the point where she can’t function with them around. And though she absolutely hates the thought of calling him in, she knows that Beetlejuice is her only hope (there is a whole montage showing the different ways Lydia tries to kick the ghosts out, including bringing in her parents--yes, Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones have a cameo--to no avail). And once you release Beetlejuice into New York City, well, chaos is inevitable.” --Rebecca Willa Davis, Online Executive EditorPlot Idea Two: “27 years after Beetlejuice took place, Lydia Deetz has moved back to Manhattan and is working as an art photographer. (Think Diane Arbus vibes.) She has a daughter (Aubrey Plaza) who is OVER. IT. and decides to run away to Staten Island with Trish from Orange is the New Black. In Staten Island, the duo finds a house destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and decide to do an Instagram photoshoot inside, when the ghosts of two people, played by Jon Hamm (our generation’s Baldwin, really) and Kerry Washington, appear and tell them to beware of creepy undead Beetlejuice. Aubrey and Trish blow them off because they are jaded New York teens, say Beetlejuice three times, and voila, there’s a crusty Michael Keaton in full Robin Thicke--er Beetlejuice--regalia. They run back to NYC, well ferry back, and BJ follows, disrupting an artsy dinner party Lydia is throwing with her lesbian lover, Helena Bonham Carter.” --Steff Yotka, Associate Web Editor Plot Idea Three: “The movie takes place in modern day NYC. Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) has been reincarnated into his 30 Rock character Jack Donaghy, and the entire office is taken over by the Beetlejuice cast trying to convince Adam of his past life.” --Grace Van Vranken, Web InternPlot Idea Four: “Lydia lives in New York and she’s a fashion designer--and she’s dating Rick Owens.” --Josh Madden, Men’s Content and Marketing DirectorPlot Idea Five: “Lydia is all grown up and living in the suburbs as a high school guidance counselor. Her days of goth are behind her now, and instead she favors khaki slacks, Enya, and Weight Watchers microwaveable dinners. Her new apartment doesn’t allow cats and her landlord has had it, so she’s forced to move into a new apartment on the edge of town. She packs up her Corolla and settles in, all TJ Maxx sconces and matching ceramic tableware. Late at night, she hears knocking coming from within the closet...suprise! She’s being haunted by an eyeless little girl. No one likes an eyeless little ghost, so she calls Beetlejuice. The day is saved, but not before Lydia undergoes a self-renaissance, where she realizes that she’s been squelching her true, glorious, gelled-back bangs self. So then she takes up photography once again, falling into Rebecca’s story (Plot Idea 1) that is actually Beetlejuice 3. I want it to be directed by whoever did The Notebook, because I want people crying.” --Blair Waters (NYLON TV Producer)
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