What is this? Looks like 90’s goth kids everywhere are going to be crying into their pillows tonight – but whether they’re happy tears or sad is up to the beholder. Moviehole reports from an unpublished source thar Disney is currently mulling over a Nightmare Before Christmas follow-up, but what shape that will take is still up in the air.
I can’t say I’m surprised Disney is trying to re-open the pumpkin door into Halloween-town. The 1993 stop-motion film was a resounding success for Disney, grossing $76 million during its theatrical run. It was nominated that year for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, a first for an animated film of its kind. And we haven’t even begun to talk about the merchandising. Jack Skellington and Sally are practically holding up the walls of the Disney Store and Hot Topic.
This isn’t the first time Nightmare Before Christmas sequels have been on the table. The first rumblings came in 2001 with Disney leaning more toward computer animation rather than the time-consuming and tedious claymation. But thankfully, Tim Burton, the visionary behind the project (though directing credits went to stop-motion regular Henry Selick), was able to convince them to drop it, saying “I was always very protective of Nightmare not to do sequels or things of that kind,” Burton explained. “You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving world’ or other kinds of things just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it… Because it’s a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it.”
A lot of time has passed since then, so it isn’t surprising Disney’s looking to Nightmare again. They’ve been on a hot streak of extravagant and highly profitable live-action remakes of childhood classics – like the upcoming Lion King, and Aladdin, as well as the already-released Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast.
So, whether we’ll be getting a stop-motion sequel or a live-action whatyoumacallit, all I have to say is this – I require Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, and Chris Sarandon involved at a bare minimum. What say you? Are you cool with the Nightmare Before Christmas follow-up? Join the conversation with the Nightmare on Film Street Community over on Twitter, our Official Subreddit, and the Fiend Club Facebook Group!