If the releases of Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King weren’t enough of a hint, Disney is trying to do something new with their classic IP, and it looks like Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is being brought up to bat. The movie has managed to stand on its own ever since it was released in 1993, but now Disney is thinking of a follow-up.
According to Moviehole, there is talk going around Disney to “do something with Nightmare Before Christmas – probably a sequel but live-action possible.” No specific details have been revealed, so I guess it’s safe to say that whatever Nightmare project is in store, it’s still in early stages of development.
If Tim Burton’s Dumbo movie actually succeeds when it comes out, I’m guessing Disney would want him involved in the Nightmare follow-up. But like I said, the movie stands very well on its own, and it has for several years. A follow-up has a high chance of screwing up the lore, and if it does succeed, then we could be looking at a whole new set of Nightmare films.
Though Tim Burton has his name slapped on the poster for NBC, the movie was actually directed by Henry Selick. Admittedly his last huge project was 2009’s Coraline, but I expect that Disney may want him back on the helm should they make another Nightmare movie. Selick was also the same director behind James and the Giant Peach.
No release date has been set for this Nightmare Before Christmas follow-up, but hopefully we get some more updates as the year trudges along.