“The Nightmare Before Christmas” creator Tim Burton and “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn are working on a remake of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” for Warner Bros.
Burton is directing the upcoming film from a screenplay by Flynn. This sci-fi horror story revolves around a wealthy heiress who grows into a giant after encountering an alien and takes revenge on her cheating husband. It's unclear how closely this remake will follow the original 1958 film, starring Allison Hayes, William Hudson, and Yvette Vickers. The first film reportedly had a budget of just $88,000 – so it's reasonable to assume that the remake will have a slightly higher price tag.
The project re-teams Burton with Warner Bros., where he's currently working on a sequel to his 1988 film “Beetlejuice.” The follow-up film about a disturbing poltergeist, titled “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice,” will hit theaters Sept. 6. His other directorial credits include “Edward Scissorhands,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate.” “The Factory” and “Planet of the Apes.”
Meanwhile, Flynn was recently set to adapt her novel “Dark Places” for a limited series on HBO. The former Entertainment Weekly writer wrote the screenplay for David Fincher's 2014 thriller Gone Girl. She also adapted her 2006 book “Sharp Objects” into an HBO miniseries of the same name, starring Amy Adams.
In addition to directing, Burton is producing “Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman” with Andrew Mittman and Tommy Harper. Kay Dolbashian served as executive producer. Burton is repped by WME. Flynn is repped by WME, Theresa Kang and Jackoway Austin.
News of the remake was first reported by Deadline.
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