Winona Ryder talks sequels and Once Were Warriors

The Neo Zealander website Stuff has posted a new interview with Winona, which also feature a new picture of the promotional ‘Stranger Things’ photoshoot.

For Winona Ryder, talk of Beetlejuice 2 is just that – talk.

The female star of Tim Burton’s cult 1988 comedy about “the ghost with the most” says she’s in the same situation as all of us when it comes to when or if a sequel might get made.

I don’t really know what’s happening. I think it’s a situation where the script has to be perfect and everyone has to be available,” the now 44-year-old Ryder says while promoting her new 1980s-set Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things, which debuts here on July 15.

It can’t be made without Tim, Michael [Keaton, who played the title character] and a perfect script. It is just an iconic and beloved film. I get stopped all the time, even by little children, by people who want to talk about it, so I don’t want to do it unless its perfect.

While discussing her career, childhood and latest role as a mother who must confront terrifying forces in order to get her son back, Ryder also revealed that she spent years trying to get a sequel to another of her cult films – 1988 high school black comedy Heathers.

I always thought there were ‘Heathers’ in the real world, not just in high school. ‘Heathers’ in Washington, for example. But nothing ever came of it, they would all just sort of laugh at me and whatever, because the original movie wasn’t ever a hit, it just became a sort of a cult thing.

Ryder also says she would love to one day come and visit New Zealand and admits to being a fan of both Whale Rider and Once Were Warriors. “Oh, my god, I love that movie. It was really heavy – about the streets and the underworld and it had the actor [Cliff Curtis] who played the father of the little girl in Whale Rider.”

And, she confesses, that she always thinks of our country in relation to another movie from her heyday.

I always think of that scene in Point Break with the giant wave and Patrick Swayze saying he’s ‘not going to paddle to New Zealand‘.”

1 Comment on “Winona Ryder talks sequels and Once Were Warriors”

  1. I think Winona perfectly describe the state of the development of Beetlejuice 2 : it’s all about perfecting the script and the actors availability (more about actors availability according to me), it could be a matter of a few months before the production process begin !

    For the Heathers sequel, I would be curious to see the result, I think Winona should force the hand of fate about that (especially because she wanted to do it for at least 20 years and many persons would like to see it ) !

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