Danny Elfman has teamed up with Tim Burton to destroy the dreams of a Nightmare Before Christmas continuation.
The composer provided the music, certain vocals and Jack Skellington’s singing for Henry Selick’s 1993 Christmas classic. While producer Burton has long been the Grinch of sequel talk, Elfman shared his own similar sentiments in an interview with ComicBook. “I don’t think so,” he said when asked about a nightmare before Easter, nightmare before thanksgiving, or another possible sequel, spin-off, or offshoot. “I think Tim has always felt that no, this is who he was.”
Although there are non-film sequels (a video game and an upcoming young adult novel), Burton has been adamant about keeping Nightmare content.
Many people appreciate the purity of a single, untapped Nightmarebut others have enough confidence in Burton’s genius to allow him to expand Skellington’s world if he wishes, as Elfman explained.
“If I had a new perspective, I would certainly go for a ride with him. But he has never expressed any interest in it. I think he felt that this was a pure thing and that it was what it was and that trying to do sequels, I think it just didn’t inspire him. But I will never speak for Tim. It’s his universe.”
Elfman recently admitted that he doesn’t believe any talk of a beetle juice No sequel, either, and as one of Burton’s most famous, trusted, and enduring collaborators, one would imagine they’d let him in on the ground floor if things were to change.