It’s one of many uncommon animated motion pictures in Disney’s vault by no means to have obtained a sequel, however now Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is lastly getting a follow-up. In the type of a brand new novel, that’s.
This weekend, Disney Publishing introduced a at the moment untitled YA e-book written by best-selling writer Shea Ernshaw (The Wicked Deep) which is able to decide up the story of Halloweentown and its inhabitants after the occasions of the long-lasting 1993 stop-motion basic. Speaking in a Disney Q&A hosted by io9, Ernshaw revealed that the brand new novel can be from the perspective of Sally, Jack Skellington’s Bride of Frankenstein-like love curiosity, and discover her navigating her newfound position as Pumpkin Queen following her marriage to her skeleton husband.
“This new book, written from the point of view of Sally, takes place shortly after the movie ends. It’s the yet-to-be-told love story of Sally and Jack. But it’s also a coming-of-age story for Sally, as we see her navigate her new royal title as the Pumpkin Queen of Halloween Town,” Ernshaw mentioned. “[It] will hopefully give fans a long-awaited second dose of Sally, Jack, and all the familiar residents of Halloween Town, while introducing a new cast of grim, strange characters, that I hope readers will love.”
Ernshaw went on to clarify that the sequel will give Sally her personal character arc just like Jack’s quest to rediscover his goal in life within the film, in addition to gushing over how “compelling” the heroine is to put in writing for.
“One of the core themes in The Nightmare Before Christmas was Jack’s struggle to understand his identity,” she says. “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. What does a ragdoll truly want out of life? What is she afraid of? And how much is she willing to risk to save those she loves? As we will learn in the book, she’s willing to risk quite a lot. Sally is one of the most compelling, and also richly-layered characters I’ve ever written, and it’s an honor to get to tell her story.”
Given the surge of live-action remakes from the studio in recent times, followers have typically clamored for a brand new Nightmare film of some form, whether or not it’s a reboot or a continuation of the unique story like this e-book. No such venture has formally been introduced as but, nevertheless it’s price stating that Disney launched a Hocus Pocus sequel novel a number of years in the past and now Hocus Pocus 2, loosely primarily based on that, is about to enter manufacturing.
Could the studio be taking part in the lengthy recreation right here by planting the thought of a Nightmare Before Christmas sequel in individuals’s heads with this e-book, solely to make one other movie in a number of years’ time? Who is aware of, however what we are able to say is that Shea Ernshaw’s novel is because of hit cabinets in June 2022.