‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Director Says Tim Burton Won’t Agree to a Sequel

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Jack and Sally standing against the moon in The Nightmare Before Christmas

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) director Henry Selick says that there’s no idea good enough for Tim Burton to consider making a sequel to the classic holiday film.

Tim Burton next to Jack Skellington gazing at a star
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Although Tim Burton is often mistakenly credited as The Nightmare Before Christmas‘s director, that role was filled by Henry Selick, a filmmaker now considered one of the greatest living animators. However, Burton did produce the film and made many of the creative decisions, including personally creating concept art of Halloween Town and Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King.

In the years since it was released, The Nightmare Before Christmas has been acclaimed as an animation classic and is now a huge cash cow for the Walt Disney Company via merchandise, video games, and live concerts.

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One would think that Disney would have tried to push a sequel through at some point, especially as numerous voice actors like Chris Sarandon and composer Danny Elfman have expressed interest in the idea. At one point in the early 2000s, Disney did actually begin development on a CGI-animated Nightmare Before Christmas sequel, only for Tim Burton to manage to talk the executives down from the idea.

Now, according to Henry Selick, there does not seem any chance of the sequel ever happening. In a recent interview with People, Selick revealed that he thinks that “Tim in particular feels like, why mess with that? He certainly doesn’t need to make more money from a sequel. He has had so many other successes, and so far nobody’s come up with a great idea for a sequel. And I still think that Tim gets to decide. I don’t think there’s any idea that would convince him.”

Additionally, Selick says that the original movie was “a perfect movie [that] came out of the perfect time, only to grow into something far bigger over the years,” which presumably makes it that much more difficult to try to replicate the magic behind the film.

A Nightmare Before Christmas with Jack and Sally holding hands
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The Nightmare Before Christmas follows Jack Skellington, the living embodiment of spooky celebrations, as he is troubled by restlessness as the denizens of the fantasy world of Halloween Town endlessly prepare for Halloween. After stumbling into a parallel dimension of Christmas Town, the Pumpkin King becomes obsessed with Christmas and convinces almost all of Halloween Town to assist him in hijacking the holiday.

The film was an immediate critical success and has only become more beloved in the decades since it was first released. The Nightmare Before Christmas has expanded into everything from collectible Jenga sets to graphic novels like Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Battle for Pumpkin King, to video games like Oogie’s Revenge, but it sadly seems that we will probably never truly get a proper sequel.

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