Sequels and reboots are a dime a dozen nowadays, but the idea isn’t something Tim Burton is interested in. More specifically, the filmmaker isn’t keen on subjecting The Nightmare Before Christmas to the same treatment, confirming that the holiday staple is a one-off adventure and won’t be getting any more movies, of any kind.
“To me the movie is very important,” he said in an interview with Empire. “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 another one], 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.”
“Get off of my land!” he continued in a “grumpy old prospector voice”, as described by the publication. “You pesky little… You ain’t getting this property! I don’t care what you want to build on it. You come on my property… Where’s my shotgun?”
The news came as part of a major new 30th anniversary celebration of the stop-motion film, which was directed by Henry Selick (Burton served as producer). While difficult to imagine now, it wasn’t a huge hit when it debuted. The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington, known as the King of Halloween Town, who stumbles upon Christmas Town and schemes to take over the holiday.
Chris Sarandon voiced Skellington, joining a lineup made up of Catherine O’ Hara as Sally, William Hickey as Doctor Finkelstein, Glenn Shadix as the Mayor of Halloween Town, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie, Ed Ivory as Santa Claus, Joe Ranft as Igor, Paul Reubens as Lock, and more.