We recently shared Mark Bishop’s list of 10 lesser-known facts about Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, but even he didn’t know that Lydia (played by Winona Ryder) died in the original script. The revelation came from producer Larry Wilson who told Yahoo:
“Our first ending was Lydia — she died in a fire and was able to join Barbara and Adam in the afterlife,” Wilson said. “A couple of people said to us, ‘Do you really think that’s a good idea? Is that really the message you want to be sending to the teenagers of the world? Die in a fire?’ So, yeah, it probably was darker.”
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How do you guys think the darker ending of Beetlejuice would have changed the film’s legacy? Do you think it would have been less popular, or would this ending have even made a significant difference? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!
And, for kicks, check out the trailer and synopsis for Beetlejuice below. In addition to Ryder, the film stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Michael Keaton.
Official Synopsis: After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.
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