Everything We Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas Sequel

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A sequel to the 1993 stop-motion musical The Nightmare Before Christmas is finally happening, and here’s everything you need to know about it.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is finally getting a sequel, though not as many were expecting – and here’s everything you need to know about it. Tim Burton has been sharing his unique vision of the world through a gothic fantasy and horror lens for over two decades. While his directorial debut happened in 1985 with Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, the world got a taste of what he could do in terms of storytelling in 1990 with Edward Scissorhands. However, one of his most popular and beloved projects is one he didn’t even direct: the 1993 stop-motion animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Selick from a story by Burton himself.

The Nightmare Before Christmas follows Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon with Danny Elfman in charge of the character’s singing voice), the King of Halloween Town, who gets bored of doing the same thing every year. One day, he stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and becomes fascinated by everything Christmas, so he decides to bring this holiday to Halloween Town, but that’s a lot easier said than done. Accompanying Jack through this adventure is his ghost dog Zero and Sally (Catherine O’Hara), a rag doll who served as Jack’s love interest. The Nightmare Before Christmas was a critical and commercial success and has built a cult following over the years.

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The story ends with Jack rescuing Santa from Oogie Boogie and thus restoring the order in both Christmas and Halloween Town, with Santa fulfilling Jack’s original dream by bringing a snowfall for the residents of Halloween Town to play with while Jack and Sally declare their love for each other. Although it’s a complete and satisfying end, viewers were left wondering what else the universe of The Nightmare Before Christmas has to offer. After years of waiting, the movie is finally getting a sequel, though not as expected. Here’s everything we know about The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel so far.

Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Is Happening

In February 2021, it was revealed that Disney Publishing is working on a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas, though not as fans were expecting, as instead of getting a new movie in the same animation style as the original one, it’s going to be a book. The currently untitled project will be written by Shea Ernshaw (The Wicked Deep) and will reunite fans with the main couple of the movie: Jack Skellington and Sally.

Previous Nightmare Before Christmas Sequel Plans

Given the movie’s popularity, a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas has been rumored and teased for years. Back in 2001, Disney was reportedly considering making a sequel but using CGI rather than stop-motion, but Burton convinced the studio not to do it. Still, rumors about a proper movie sequel continued as Selick said in 2009 that he would do it if he and Burton came up with a good story. Then in 2019, it was reported that Disney was considering either a stop-motion sequel or live-action remake, but none of these came to fruition.

Notably, there actually was a sort of Nightmare Before Christmas sequel made previously, in the form of a 2004 video game called The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge, released for both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles. The game’s story is set a year after the movie and sees a bored Jack trying desperately to spice up Halloween again, albeit this time having learned his lesson when it comes to invading other holiday realms. Either way, things still go sideways when Lock, Shock, and Barrel manage to resurrect Oogie Boogie, who, as one might imagine, isn’t exactly in a good mood. It doesn’t appear that the Nightmare Before Christmas 2 book will follow on from the game’s events, though. There was also a prequel game for the Game Boy Advance called The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King.

Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Will Follow Sally

The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel will now be focused on Sally, who is now happily married to Jack. According to Ernshaw (via io9), the story will be told from Sally’s POV and will take place shortly after the events of the movie. It will follow Sally as she navigates her new royal title as the Pumpkin Queen of Halloween Town, and she accidentally lets a mysterious villain loose in town, leading her to visit other holiday worlds to find a way to save hers, all this while also making new discoveries about her past life.

Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Release Date

Unfortunately for fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas, the wait for the sequel will be a bit long. Sally’s adventures through Halloween Town and beyond have a projected release date of July 2022. While it isn’t the sequel viewers were expecting, it will offer a new perspective of the movie’s events, its different worlds, and its main characters.

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Surjo Das

Surjo Das is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance copywriter. He has been working in the publishing industry for over 5 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses Worldwide. His work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development, and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance, and education. He also offers to ghostwrite services to help aspiring authors get their books published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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By Surjo Das

Surjo Das

Surjo Das is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance copywriter. He has been working in the publishing industry for over 5 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses Worldwide. His work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development, and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance, and education. He also offers to ghostwrite services to help aspiring authors get their books published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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