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'Nightmare Before Christmas' Sequel NOT In The Works

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 30, 2010 10:08 AM
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A news item has been making its away around the Internet today, following a Dread Central report that says they had a conversation with Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens, and asked the actor if he would like to work with Tim Burton again (they first collaborated on "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" in 1985). Reubens responded that he would, but the director was tied up doing a number of projects, among them, a sequel to "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Well, perhaps someone is misinformed or heard wrong.

Derek Frey, producer and executive at Tim Burton Productions -- who worked as an assistant to Burton on "Mars Attacks!," "Sleepy Hollow," "Planet of the Apes," "Big Fish" and the 2006 3D version of a little film called "The Nightmare Before Christmas" -- has told us there is "no truth to the rumor" and expressed gratitude for squashing the rumor quickly. The prospect of a sequel seems reasonable considering the single film has become a merchandising machine, but with Tim Burton busy prepping "Dark Shadows" and producing "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," it seems that for now he has his hands full (and that's not even counting the myriad projects he has in development like "Monsterpocalypse" and the "Addams Family").

The wait for the next Burton picture won't be too long as he's gearing up for an April shoot on "Dark Shadows," the big screen adaptation of the cult 1960s television show that will find him once again paired with Johnny Depp, who will play the lead role of vampire Barnabas Collins. So plenty of ghoulish delights in store for the Burton faithful. No release date yet on that picture, but expect it to be one of the major tentpole films of 2012.

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  • The Playlist | December 31, 2010 5:33 AMReply

    Good call, zxcvb. Bet that's it.

  • zxcvb | December 31, 2010 5:31 AMReply

    Reubens probably meant "Frankenweenie" -- which is in progress and in the style of Nightmare (stop motion gothic-comedy). It's also a "sequel" of sorts (feature length version of a short).

    I bet the quote was, "Yeah Tim's busy working on a stop-motion sequel..." and Dread Central spun that into TNBC: II. Probably trolling for hits.

  • Seppe | December 31, 2010 12:09 AMReply

    Thanks, as always, for busting that myth. ;)

  • andrea | December 30, 2010 10:48 AMReply

    I'm astonished, everybody is publishing any rumour that appears on any site this week. I was pretty sure it was rubbish, so why many sites are publishing this rumour as it was true? I'm pretty sure tomorrow we'll see articles on some newspapers, then next week somebody on the NYT will mention this stuff in an article about tim burton, and some other blog will quote the NYT saying "hey they mention this, so it was true", and then again... a stupid LOOP -___-

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