Rumor: Burton is Developing 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Sequel
Though it's a little late, here's a big holiday themed rumor for you to take with a grain of salt (maybe around the ring of a margarita you're having to celebrate New Years tomorrow). While promoting his new Broadway version of "The Pee-Wee Herman Show," Paul Reubens revealed nonchalantly that Tim Burton might be developing a sequel to the Christmas/Halloween stop-motion animated favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas. Dread Central asked Reubens if he'd like to collaborate with Burton again in the future. His response was that the director's busy slate was preventing that opportunity, but then he dropped the bomb.
Though he mentioned it more as a fleeting idea without any solid information rather than a revelation, it's not entirely out of the question for Reubens to be privy to information like that. In addition to working with Burton on Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, few people seem to be remember that Reubens was the voice behind the character Lock in The Nightmare Before Christmas, one of the mischievous trick-or-treaters employed by Oogie Boogie. Of course, Burton's development is likely in the very early stages since the director has plenty of other projects like Dark Shadows and Monsterpocalypse in his future.
Assuming that the news is true, I can't say that I'm all that interested in a sequel to a near-perfect modern holiday classic. Would Tim Burton direct this time around (since Coraline director Henry Selick actually helmed the first film)? Would Jack Skellington wreak havoc on another holiday world? Or could Sandy Claws get kidnapped forcing Jack to put on the red suit to save Christmas and the big man himself? All of these ideas sounds like straight-to-DVD sequels rather than a quality follow-up to the original. As of now The Playlist reports Derek Frey, producer and executive at Tim Burton Productions, has already debunked the rumor, so who knows what Reubens was talking about. We'll leave it up to you. Do you want a Nightmare Before Christmas sequel?