6:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Nightmare Before Christmas' Follow-Up Coming to Comics (Exclusive)
It's taken almost 25 years, but Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is finally going to get a sequel — but it won't be happening onscreen.
Manga publisher Tokyopop has secured a license for the first-ever Nightmare Before Christmas comic book project that expands the story beyond what was seen in Tim Burton's beloved 1993 holiday tale. The follow-up, Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey, will follow Jack Skellington's dog, Zero, as he gets lost in Christmas Town.
The format of the project will be unusual for the publisher; it will initially be serialized as full-color single issues released to comic book stores, before being collected in two different formats simultaneously, in full-color trade paperbacks and black and white "pocket-sized manga" volumes.
The series, written by DJ Milky with art from Studio DICE (which produced artwork for the manga adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast), follows up on Tokyopop's adaptation of the original story, the cover for which is above. Zero's Journey is targeted for a Spring 2018 launch, with more information about the series to be released in coming months.
Tokyopop will also be expanding its relationship with Disney, with a new five-volume series of Kilala Princess also awaiting release. Following up on the original five-volume series from 2005, this second series will once again see Kilala meeting a number of Disney princesses, but this time the focus is on more diverse characters including Mulan, Pocahontas and Brave's Merida.
Henry Selick directed 1993's Nightmare Before Christmas, which earned more than $75 million worldwide.