Is ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Sequel in the Works?

Paul Reubens lets the secret slip that Tim Burton is developing a follow-up to the much beloved Christmas classic.

Tim Burton rumored to be developing a The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel
Tim Burton rumored to be developing a The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel
Director Tim Burton is rumored to be preparing a sequel to the cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) let the secret slip in a recent interview to promote his new Pee Wee Herman Broadway Show. When asked if he'd like to work with Tim Burton again, the comedian noted several projects Burton is currently working on, including a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Tim Burton directed Paul Reubens in the 1985 hit comedy Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Tim is currently prepping Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp in the lead. We reported in November that Dark Shadows would start production this April.

The Nightmare Before Christmas was released October 29th, 1993 and stars Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, Edward Ivory. The film is directed by Henry Selick.

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  1. incmob

    NOT NEEDED... the first was, is and will be a classic for years to come, and still looks great. Not a fan of song/film... but even the songs in it are well done. why ruin yet another classic by creating an unneeded sequel just to cash in and make a few bucks. I think it would still have burtons flavor and much of his input but sequels usually tarnish the original vision... not all, but some do.

    4 years agoby @incmobFlag


    @Ka-Pow!: lol thats the video game never played it i dont think it was bad but id understand how ppl feel about movie games....even though it was a complete new and original story line just like the movie.

    This movie was my childhood favorite id like a sequel but this film is delicate and must be done properly......what would he call it?

    The Satanivity Story? I picture jack in a jesus outfit lol

    Well burton haters your wish has come true Tim Burton has officially ran out of ideas due to drug use....i think "Alice In Wonderland" may have done it...LMAO!

    4 years agoby @skylalalaFlag

  3. Zak Lee Ferguson

    it would be brilliant to have a sequel, its just what it needed, sad to say the day will never come, but there are millions of ideas forging in my mind.

    4 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  4. RojoDiablo

    Not sure this needs a sequel, never thought the first one was all that really but Dark Shadows sounds interesting for sure!

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  5. skywise

    Like most of you i agree that this does not need a sequel but would probably end up seeing it anyway. I used to be a huge fan of Tim Burton before he lost his voice. But recently i cant say that i have been that interested in his work. Big Fish was great but before that Planet of the Apes seems to have led him into the role of a reboot go to guy. I still believe in the man but he needs a little injection of originality. Ed Wood is still my fav and Beetle Juice is still as watchable today as it was when i was a kid. Crossing fingers for this one.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  6. Remy72883

    lets thank Pee Wee for not being able to keep a secret, i know im gonna get bomb with messages for this but honestly i still havent seen this film

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  7. JasonKat

    omg REALLY? lol o my bad i thought u meant 1 of the people below. lol

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  8. e_Minor

    realize this rumor starts from a man who jerked it in a movie theater while watching a shark movie...just to throw that out there....

    4 years agoby @e-minorFlag

  9. the Narrator

    Yeahhh, no.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  10. Brainiac

    random question, see how the picture above has Christmas jack, regular Jack and then Jack with a Pumpkin for a head, where did that last version of Jack come from? I've seen toys of it and other pictures but have never known. is it just supposed to be the scare crow from the opening scene?

    4 years agoby @thebdFlag

  11. Ensigndesign

    He totally should do a sequel!!!

    4 years agoby @ensigndesignFlag

  12. XxxHolic

    I don't get how a sequel will work, but sounds f*cking great! Don't screw it up please. =]

    4 years agoby @xxxholicFlag

  13. Monkeyiron 2.0

    And what they gonna call it the "nightmare before halloween"

    4 years agoby @Monkey-ironFlag

  14. Daveactor7

    Terrible news

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  15. Dan

    Ruining classic movies, one at a time...

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. slysnide


    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  17. Diaigma

    Oh I hope not . . . :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  18. Bryan Yentz

    This better not be true in the slightest. Tim Burton has only been a cinematic f*ck-up of late making films solely for popularity and not art. And let's all remember that he's not even the one who directed the beloved original, just came up with the idea. My guess, if this came to fruition, hell WOULD freeze over and Johnny Depp would voice EVERY role with an air of pretension for each and every character... F*ckin'ell. If something is amazing, it doesn't mean that it needs a sequel, or any sort of addition to--just let it be. Disgusting. This better be a joke.

    4 years agoby @bryanyentzFlag

  19. Dan

    I love that we can see the thumbs down now :P

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  20. ed_wood

    This is one of my favorites and I really hope they just leave it alone.

    4 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  21. WongFu

    I've seen bits and pieces of the first but not the entire film. If this is done really well, it might be enough to warrent an interest, but at the time being not so much.

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  22. Summit10

    good plot would hit the spot :)

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  23. Brian

    Obviously this would rule.

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

  24. JasonKat

    A Sequel isnt a good idea but its not a bad1 either. just depends where they take it. Hopfully its a new door. And yea tim has to b part of it, even if he doesn't direct it, his vision made the 1st a classic.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  25. Dr.Carter

    Emo's everywhere are jizzing their pants at this exact moment. No cutting wrists and shopping at Hot Topic tonight!! lol

    4 years agoby @dr-carterFlag

  26. Jay.A.Ottley

    I agree with @Supes & @Jimthar, this film doesn't actually need a sequel, the original is special as it is and a brilliant Christmas film.

    But if has to go through then @KaPow! said what I had to say, they should both be involved, just like the original.


    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  27. Brainiac

    Henry Selick directed the first one not Burton, its not surprising that so many ppl think Burton directed it since everywhere u see the title as "Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas"

    and I would say that if a sequel is made both should be involved.

    4 years agoby @thebdFlag

  28. Jimthar

    this film does not need a sequel. if you make a sequel then it will tarnish how special the original is.
    and tim didnt direct the original, so why would he direct this one??

    4 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  29. Dan

    After thinking on it, just leave it alone..

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  30. TheDarkJoker

    I dont like the idea of a sequel but if it is happening, then it should be Tim directing it and no one else

    4 years agoby @TheDarkJokerFlag

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