Fans of Henry Selick’s The Nightmare Before Christmas have been clamoring for a sequel for the best part of two decades. The film, produced and written by Tim Burton and scored by Danny Elfman, has become a beloved holiday classic both within and outside of horror circles. Well, it looks like fans may finally be getting what they want–sort of.
A sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas will take form as a young adult novel focusing on Jack Skellington’s love interest, Sally. Gizmodo exclusively broke the news:
io9 can exclusively reveal that Disney has tapped The Wicked Deep and Winterwood’s Shea Ernshaw to pen a new YA novel set after the events of Tim Burton’s beloved animated movie, putting the spotlight on a new adventure for Sally.
Currently untitled, the novel sees a happily married Sally and Jack get their lives momentarily turned upside down when Sally accidentally lets loose a mysterious villain in Halloween Town. With Jack and the entire holiday world itself in peril, Sally goes on a quest to the other holiday worlds—including one previously unexplored—as the Pumpkin Queen, uncovering secrets about how to save the world and wrestle with new discoveries about her past life.
“One of the core themes in The Nightmare Before Christmas was Jack’s struggle to understand his identity,” Eanshow explained to Gizmodo. “He had grown tired of being the Pumpkin King, and in his longing for something more, he plotted to take over Christmas. In this book, I really wanted to explore Sally’s identity, and better understand not only who she is now that she’s fallen in love with Jack and taken on the role of the Pumpkin Queen, but also understand how her past has affected her present desires, doubts, and dreams.”
If it’s been a while, check out the trailer and synopsis for 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas below.
The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.
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