According to reports, Disney is reviving the Halloween-Christmas classic and working on a live-action sequel of the film!
Let me begin by saying this, Tim Burton has created some of the most magical movies ever and The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of his best works! The American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy Halloween-Christmas movie is a film you can feast upon on both the holidays and remains an absolute fan favorite even after all these years. Directed by Henry Selick, the movie was a major commercial and critical success and now Disney is reportedly trying to revive the iconic movie and give it a sequel. A Live-action sequel. Boys and girls of every age...wouldn't you like to see something strange?
Originated as a poem by Burton in 1982, The Nightmare Before Christmas was released in 1993, revolving around Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, who accidentally travels to Christmas town and decides to celebrate it. Featuring voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, and Ed Ivory, the movie earned about $70 million across the globe but it surely had the potential to do so much more and Disney gets it.
In the recent few years, it has become a trend to reboot old classics or revive them in one way or the other. Disney, for instance, has become obsessed with rebooting iconic movies and releasing live-action movies of them. From Aladdin to one of the best movies ever made - Lion King, the studio is releasing live-action versions of them. Tim Burton's Dumbo, too, got a live-action movie and was recently released. Observe a pattern here?
Disney is now eyeing Nightmare Before Christmas and is planning to 'do something' with it. According to Bloody Disgusting, the studio is planning to make a sequel of the iconic movie which might be a live-action feature film. Disney is in talks currently to figure out what they can do with the old movie. Well, for starters, they can leave the classic movie alone. Or, a Tim Burton style sequel doesn't sound bad either. Live action? Um...
One of the best things about Tim Burton movies is the beautifully crafted characters! You can't help but fall in love with Jack Skellington and Sally or any other character of Burton's movies. There's a very high chance that if the movie is adapted into a live-action along with some guy who is NOT Johnny Depp, the movie will lose its charm. Nightmare Before Christmas is a holiday treasure which we must protect at all costs.
That being said since we can't possibly stop Disney from reviving the franchise, let's just hope it is not a live action movie or a reboot. Live action Aladdin movie which is set to release later this year is um, well, looks quite disappointing already. With Will Smith as Genie and not so great seeming actors as Aladdin and Jasmine, we really have mixed feelings about the movie. Imagine that happening to Jack and Sally, no thank you, next.
A NORMAL sequel, however, was first said to be in the making when Disney talked about in 2001! But, Tim Burton asked them to drop the idea. "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."
After a span of 26 years, Disney is reportedly looking to work on a sequel which might be a live-action or a stop-motion. Selick has already previously stated that if Tim has a new story to tell and is on board with a sequel, he'll hop on too. We're guessing Burton has greenlit the project after two decades. Do you think a sequel or a reboot or a live-action movie is a good idea? A sequel does sound pretty exciting! Here's to hoping whatever they do does justice to the original.