Winona Ryder confirmed that a "Beetlejuice" sequel is in the...

Winona Ryder confirmed that a "Beetlejuice" sequel is in the works during her appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. Credit: Late Night with Seth Meyers via YouTube

"Beetlejuice 2" is in the works, according to Winona Ryder, who broke the news Monday on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Myers."

"I think I can confirm it," Ryder told Myers, though she seemed to believe that director Tim Burton had already announced the sequel in a previous interview. "It was very hush-hush, top secret," Ryder said. "And then he was doing some press for 'Big Eyes'" -- Burton's movie from late last year -- "and he did an on-camera interview, and he said, "Oh yeah, we're doing it, and Winona's going to be in it."

She added, "But I don't really know much more than anybody."

Ryder, 43, was only 16 when Burton's horror-comedy "Beetlejuice" was released in 1988. She played Lydia Deetz, the Goth-rock daughter of a married couple whose new house is haunted by a maniacal ghost (Michael Keaton). A surprise hit, the film helped establish Burton as a distinctive, dark-humored director and Ryder as an alt-culture poster-girl. She later starred in off-beat movies like the black comedy "Heathers" and Burton's "Edward Scissorhands."

Ryder's appearance with Seth Myers is the most definitive confirmation yet of a "Beetlejuice" sequel. The interview with Burton that Ryder referred to may have taken place on MTV late last year. Burton at the time seemed to be speaking hypothetically about a sequel, though when asked whether Ryder would be in the cast, he responded enthusiastically, "Yeah yeah, oh yeah."

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