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The Voice Behind Nightmare Before Christmas' Jack Skellington Is Keen AF For A Sequel

"I'd crawl on my hands and knees."

It’s been 26 years since the classic Halloween (or Christmas) movie The Nightmare Before Christmas was first released and while we’re not exactly begging for a sequel, Jack Skellington, himself, has other ideas.

Chris Sarandon, who voiced Jack in the film (Danny Elfman provided the singing voice), is 100 per cent keen for a sequel and has revealed he’d do anything to do it.

Speaking with ComicBook.Com, Sarandon said, “I’d crawl on my hands and knees, from the East Coast to the West Coast, in the spring or the fall, to do it again. Of course I would. I love that character and I love that I’m part of a legacy of that character as well.”

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OK, now that’s commitment!

Sarandon, who also starred as Prince Humperdink in The Princess Bride, said what he isn’t so keen on is people thinking they could remake either of the iconic films.

“I don’t understand why anybody would need to remake [The Princess Bride or The Nightmare Before Christmas], because they are so specific in their effects,” he said.

“They are so iconic in so many ways and have such a cultural imprint, that I don’t see how it can be anything but a disappointment for folks who are fans of the originals, to remake it.”

“Why remake something that has such a broad appeal? Unless you’re going to do, say, an animated version of Princess Bride, or if you’re going to do a live-action version of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which I’ve heard rumours they’re thinking of.”

He’s not wrong, earlier this year Moviehole reported Disney was keen to create a sequel or live-action reboot for The Nightmare Before Christmas.

If this was the case, we wouldn’t be surprised at all if Disney went for the live-action reboot as it’s obviously their new favourite thing to do. But if they could get a good script for a stop motion sequel, then original fans may jump on board.

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Tim Burton, who created the characters and story, isn’t so keen on a sequel. Speaking with MTV News in 2006 he said, “I was always very protective of [Nightmare], not to do sequels or things of that kind. You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving world’ or other kinds of things, just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it.

“Because it’s not a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it. I try to respect people and keep the purity of the project as much as possible.”

He also revealed how he came up with the story and characters, “Well, I was hallucinating. I had a 108-temperature fever that night,” Burton recalled.

“I think that’s where you get your best ideas, the ones that kind of come out of your subconscious. They always have more power that way.”

Disney has the rights to the film, but it’s unlikely they’ll do anything without Burton’s blessing.

Of course, 2006 was a long time ago, Burton’s feelings may have changed, but we hope not.

Disney May Have Found Their Sebastian For The Little Mermaid Reboot And He Can Totes Belt Out A Tune

He'd be amazing!

We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with Disney’s new reboot of The Little Mermaid – yes, we had our hopes up that Harry Styles would take the role of Prince Eric and were then left heartbroken when he turned the role down. But it looks like the production may have found their Sebastian in Hamilton star Daveed Diggs.

Variety reports Diggs is in talks to play Sebastian but hasn’t formally accepted the role at this stage.

This is the first piece of casting news for Sebastian and with Diggs’ singing and rapping skills, he could be the perfect person for the role.

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It probably also helps that Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will be producing the film and composing new songs – maybe they’ll even write a full Sebastian rap song?!

Miranda is such a huge fan of The Little Mermaid he even named his son Sebastian after the character.

Diggs has had a very busy few years, he recently starred in Velvet Buzzsaw, Black-ish, Wonder, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Get Down to name a few.

Halle Bailey is attached to play Ariel, while Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are set to star as Flounder and Scuttle, respectively.

Variety also reports Melissa McCarthy will definitely be playing Ursula and Javier Bardem will play King Triton.

As for Prince Eric, the most recent report from Deadline revealed actors Cameron Cuffe and Jonah Hauer-King recently tested for the role with director Rob Marshall.

Production is set to start early next year so no doubt we’ll get some solid casting announcements soon.

Not Even Elizabeth Olsen Noticed This WandaVision Poster Easter Egg

Did you see it?

WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen didn’t notice the Easter egg hidden in the show’s first poster until it was pointed out to her on live TV – to be fair, I totally hadn’t noticed it either!

The actress, who plays villain-turned-Avenger Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch in the MCU will be playing the character in a small screen project for Disney+ alongside Paul Bettany, who plays Android Vision.

While we don’t know much about the show – it doesn’t release until early 2021 after all – it’s confirmed that it will take place after Avengers: Endgame and will connect with Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, because Wanda will appear in that movie.

So, we’ll have to wait and see what it’s really about, but Marvel did hide a little Easter egg in the first piece of marketing material for the show and Olsen didn’t even notice it.

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the second season of Sorry For Your Loss, Kimmel showed Olsen the poster for WandaVision, pointing out that in the far left of the poster, there’s a shadow of the title characters with Wanda seemingly wearing the headpiece that the character wears in the comics.

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The actress said, “I’m so happy you pointed that out, I didn’t notice that.”

Good to know Marvel keeps their cast across everything!

Kimmel asked what she knew about the show and she told him she didn’t actually know what she was allowed to say.

“When I found out about it, they had Paul and I come in at different times into [Kevin Feige’s] office, and it felt like being called into the principal’s office.”

“I thought I got in trouble saying something about Infinity War or something at the time. And it’s kind of his creation, the show, it’s an idea he conceived,” she added.

Kimmel responded, “If he conceived it, it’s going to be good.”

“It’s pretty great… I know a lot about it,” Olsen told him cheekily.

When Olsen first appeared as Wanda in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the topic of whether she’d wear the same costume from the comics was a controversial topic. The actress recalled that Joss Whedon told her she wouldn’t be wearing the revealing outfit that the character wears in the comics for Age of Ultron.

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Olsen has played the character four times and has never worn anything similar to the outfit displayed in the comics, but perhaps that will change in WandaVision?

Wanda has yet to show how truly powerful she is in the MCU and what’s most interesting about WandaVision is that it’s been described quite strangely as, “Half classic sitcom, half MCU spectacular”.

Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis from Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp and Teyonah Parris as the adult version of Monica Rambeau will also appear in the show.

ScreenRant has some ideas for how the show will take a turn, “The realm of exaggerated ‘50s wholesomeness may have been created by the unstable combination of [Wanda’s] emotional volatility after seeing her love killed and the potentially reality warping powers she wields. Such a setup can only end with a tragic return to reality.”

Now, that makes sense!

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