Is Disney Making a Live Action Remake of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’?

A composite image featuring Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" alongside a person in a black sequined jacket. Jack Skellington, depicted in live action, stands before a large yellow moon, while the person poses against a dark blurred background.
Credit: Disney Fanatic

There have been rumors swirling around that Disney is making a live-action remake of The Nightmare Before Christmas; naturally, we jumped in to fact-check.

Disney’s live-action remakes have been the talk of the town in recent years, and not for good reasons. Fans have been particularly frustrated with The Walt Disney Company for constantly rehashing old stories instead of taking the time to be creative and put together new, original stories for viewers and audiences to enjoy.

However, recently, a rumor has been going around that Disney is remaking Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and this one has fans excited… but is it really happening?

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Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ / Credit: Disney+

Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Disney movie?

To address the elephant in the room right off the bat, some have questioned whether the movie, known for being scarier than the average Disney film, is actually a Disney movie, or if it’s more accurately termed a Halloween movie. Ironically, when the film first premiered, it was released by Touchstone Pictures so as not to ruin Disney’s brand of being family-friendly.

While its certainly technically a Disney movie, fans across the world—and Disney themselves—celebrate the movie during Halloween, specifically. Fans can continue to watch the beloved Halloween flick on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

The American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film was released in 1993 during what is now considered the Disney Renaissance. It marked director Henry Selick’s debut as a feature director.

Jack Skellington Sally meet and greet

Fans can meet Jack Skellington and Sally at the Disney Parks during Halloween—think Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort or the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland / Credit: Disney

The screenplay was written by Henry Selick and Caroline Thompson. Renowned composer Danny Elfman composed the songs and score for the feature and also lent his voice to Jack Skellington, the protagonist of the story. The voice cast includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, and Ed Ivory.

Is Disney Working On a Live-Action The Nightmare Before Christmas?

While the rumor has been going around, the origin of the rumor was a satirical post from Inside the Magic, in a post that was written expressly for April Fool’s Day to have a little fun with audiences.

While it’s apparent that, for the moment, we’re not getting a live-action version of The Nightmare Before Christmas, the response to this rumor has made fans all over the world excited about the possibility of this film coming to life in a whole new way.

Nightmare Before Christmas Bucket

The Nightmare Before Christmas-themed popcorn bucket / Credit: Disney

(The icing on the cake of this April Fool’s Joke was that Johnny Depp would be starring in the live-action, and we can certainly think of more than one Pirates of the Caribbean fan who’d be more than happy with that development.)

Disney and Tim Burton fans can rest assured that as soon as Disney announces a live-action version of this film, we will be the first to break the news to all Disney Fanatics!

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

One comment

  1. Good. Leave it alone…

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