Filmmaker Tim Burton has shared his thoughts on a potential sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas.
For those who haven’t seen it, The Nightmare Before Christmas centres on ‘Pumpkin King’, Jack Skellington, who grows bored of his annual tradition of scaring people in Halloween Town. He eventually stumbles upon Christmas Town, which as the name suggests, gets into the festive spirit in a big way.
After falling in love with what he sees there, Jack returns to Halloween Town where he tries to introduce the residents to the concept of Christmas, with less-than-perfect results.
Oh, and it’s got some bloody brilliant songs from Danny Elfman, who also provided the singing voice for Jack (while actor Chris Sarandon provided the speaking voice).
Three decades on from its release, The Nightmare Before Christmas has earned itself an army of fans and holds a whopping 95 percent on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with a slightly lower but still impressive 7.9 out of 10 on IMDb.
Due to the movie’s popularity - and success - fans have been hopeful that a sequel could be in the works for years,
And, let’s face it, Hollywood seems to be churning out a lot of sequels, prequels and spin-offs in recent years, but it seems The Nightmare Before Christmas won’t be joining them.
In a recent interview with Empire, Burton said: “To me the movie is very important.
“I’ve done sequels, I’ve done other things, I’ve done reboots, I’ve done all that s**t, right? I don’t want that to happen to this.
“It’s nice that people are maybe interested [in a second movie], but I’m not. I feel like that old guy who owns a little piece of property and won’t sell to the big power-plant that wants to take my land.”
Opening up about Jack, Burton went on to say that the Pumpkin King was a very ‘personal character’ to him.
“Those are the kinds of things that I love, whether it’s [Edward] Scissorhands or Batman, characters that have that,” he added.
“It represented all those feelings that I had. I was perceived as this dark character, when I didn’t feel that way. So it was a very personal character.”
So personal it seems he doesn't fancy sharing him with the world for a second outing.Featured Image Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty /Touchstone Pictures