Things could be about to get a little spookier at Disney because it sounds like the House of Mouse is looking at revisitng The Nightmare Before Christmas. Henry Selick’s 1993 animation is one of the best-loved Christmas movies of all time, so it’s a surprise it never became a franchise.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a strange outing that is part kid’s movie, part horror, and part festive favourite, but all these years later, audiences are still obsessed with Halloween Town.
While we’d love to see more of Jack Skellington and Sally the rag doll, there’s a catch when it comes to Disney’s latest plans. Instead of another delightful stop-motion movie, the studio might be eyeing a live-action remake.
According to Moviehole, Disney is planning on resurrecting the long-dead franchise. The site reports a claim that Disney wants to “do something with “Nightmare Before Christmas” – probably a sequel but live-action possible.”
It would be great to see Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara back in their roles, but let’s remember that William Hickey (Doctor Finkelstein) and Glen Shadix (the Mayor) have tragically passed since the first movie. However, as the likes of the ongoing Toy Story movies have shown us, it’s a lot easier to recast voice actors than live-action ones.
The big question is whether Tim Burton would be back on board? Despite being stylised as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Beetlejuice director only wrote the original poem the movie is based on and served as a producer. As far back at 2001, Disney has been thinking about a Nightmare sequel, but Burton convinced the studio to drop the idea.
In 2006, Burton told MTV News how he wants to protect the 1993 original from a continuation or remake. He explained, “It’s not a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it. I try to respect people and keep the purity of the project as much as possible.”
The idea of a live-action outing is an interesting (and controversial) one. In recent years, Disney has shown a massive interest in heading back into its vaults to turn old favourites into live-action movies. From The Jungle Book to The Lion King, Aladdin to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it looks like no movie is safe from Mickey’s remake fever.
Whether Disney is working on something new or this is a Halloween trick instead of a treat, fans will have to wait and see whether The Nightmare Before Christmas has been confined to the graveyard or will be back to haunt us all.
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