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Rumor: Burton is Developing 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Sequel

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December 30, 2010
Source: Dread Central

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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?

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  • DRM
    instead of the typical snarky blog comments we usually do around here, I'm gonna try to be creative. If someone were to hold a gun to my head and ask ME to pitch a sequel to TNBC...hmmmm... Make it about Jack and Sally's son (Don't ask how that works, just go with it). And he's actually a huge jerk. Much alike to Lock, Shock, and Barrel, but even worse. A really rotten egg, who's spoiled by being the son of the Pumpkin King. Jack and Sally decide that in order to save their child from becoming the next "Oogie Boogie", they teach him about Christmas. Much like his father, the kid doesn't understand the concept, and in a reverse of the first film, goes to Christmas town with the intention of turning IT into Halloween. Along the way he makes friends, discovers the true meaning of Christmas, and saves the day from some other real antagonsit, yadda yadda yadda. Songs by Danny Elfman. ----
  • Cassandra
    Actually, the epilogue stated Jack and Sally had five or six little skeleton children when Santa returned for a visit. That having been said, Burton has said on numerous occasions that there will not be a sequel. He is very protective of Nightmare and won't let a sequel be made. Disney actually had a cg sequel in the making about 10 years ago and he put a stop to it and has continued to stick to that. I doubt something has suddenly changed his mind and I hope he stands firm on this one.
  • Xerxex
    No, why? no! he's gonna ruin a good thing. Why not just do something you know different?
  • Jericho
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOO*gasp*OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *ack*....heart attack...
  • Hattori Nanzo
    I don’t care if a sequel is made or not. I loved the original and don’t see a need for a sequel, but in saying that, what not make a sequel? Many will love it. As for sequels, prequels, remakes or re-imagination of movies ruining any original, how does that work? If you feel that way before hand, why bother seeing them? If you don't see them, how has the original movie been ruined for you personally? For example, take George Lucas. I get a kick out of all the Lucas haters who complain that he is making a sequel the moment he announces it yet they go see it on the first day of release and damn him for ruining the original. If they felt that way before the movie was released and go see it anyway, it wasn't Lucas who ruined it for them, they did by going to see it when they said beforehand that they knew it was going to be ruined. Seems simple enough to me, if you think a sequel to A Nightmare before Christmas will ruin the original, don’t see it. For you personally the original hasn’t been ruined and you are happy. For those who go and love the sequel, they are happy. So what’s wrong with that?
  • Spider94
    The Nightmare After Christmas?
  • Cracky
    Cool title, Spider. As long as it's as creative as the first one, I'd watch it.
  • Jericho
    @spider/#6 wait wait wait...The Nightmare before NEW YEARS!!!!!
  • Cody w
    #5 Its true what you say about sequel haters, but deep down its always like 90% you know its gonna be shitty but 10% what if its actually awesome....and its always worth to find out if that 10% is true ie Toy story 2 and 3(not many more examples I can think of sadly). Either way, with me at least, I'm always entertained, then again I dont have the love for the original that some do. On a side note, I feel like Burton's past his prime.
  • DoomCanoe
    they already made a sequel... it was a semi-decent video game
  • A5J4DX
    noo
  • Jesus
    yes!
  • SAGA
    YES!
  • DCompose
    I like how Billington proposed some plot concepts then admitted they were direct to DVD quality.
  • DCompose
    OH SHIT it wasn't Billington this time!
  • dave13
  • Caton1982
    Yes, my son's favorite movie ever make another one!
  • blackrox14
    AWSOME I WANT ONE I LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH!!! :D I hope it will be here soon. I will definitely see it.
  • Icelin Staccriss
    I don't know.... I think that the only legitimate thing that they would do is turn the game "Oogie's Revenge" that they made in 2005 into a movie, but I don't see any reason for that... and this is coming from one of the BIGGEST fans of N.B.C. Sure 5 - 10 years ago would have been a great sequel, but I think that is too late in time to bring it back and then bring a sequel. There is a whole new generation who probably have yet to really hear of N.B.C and if they see that sequel, then it will be all the more confusing, especially since, if (and that is a very big IF) they do make it, it won't be for at least another 5 years. With all that Burton has on his plate PLUS with the time it takes to make a stop-motion animation, he would HAVE to bring the old one back first. But for someone who has been a fan her whole life, and looking at it from a fan base point of view, I sure as HELL would so see it! ^_^ I just think that it is really so much of a cult movie to be taken seriously at the box office. BUT I COULD BE TOTALLY WRONG! I don't actually know the percentage of how many people like it or not, I just don't see much of a reason. For those of you who want a Sequel now, then play the game. That is one hell of a sequel to watch. I don't see what more that they can do with the story besides what they did in the game, unless Tim Burton has a few more tricks up his sleeve.... I guess that we will just have to wait and see..... anxiously.....
  • Randi0422
    I really want a sequel to the nightmare before Christmas! But I think it would be a good idea if u just make the sequel follow the game, u know, "the nightmare before Christmas: oogie's revenge". When jack leaves and oogie comes back and takes over the town. That sounds like a good idea to me just please don't make it like jack and Sally have a kid because, in my opinion, that just sounds stupid and how would it even be possible, anyway? I mean jack is dead and he is a skeleton and Sally is a rag doll for pete's sake.
  • Gabzygirl12
    i would like it because the 1st was good, so why NOT make another one?
  • Rachel Tuchman
    DO NOT MAKE A SEQUEL WITH JACK AND SALLY BEING TOGETHER! I HATE THAT! MAKE A PREQUEL IF ANYTHING! PLEASE!

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