For what would be his first significant live-action television series, Tim Burton is looking to get creepy and kooky with The Addams Family. Word of the project hails from Deadline, who says the seriously spooky filmmaker is negotiating to executive produce and possibly direct all episodes of a new take on the classic franchise. Serving as head writers on the project are Smallville developers/executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who will also showrun in addition to executive producing with Burton.
MGM TV, who holds the underlying rights to The Addams Family IP, paid for the series to be developed. Naturally, there are now multiple buyers looking to get their spindly fingers on the series, including Netflix, who sources say is the leader of the pack at this time.
While the plot has yet to be confirmed, it’s been reported that the series will be set in present times, with the story being told from the perspective of Wednesday Addams and what the world would look like to her in 2020.
Created by American cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, The Addams Family originally included Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, extended family members Uncle Fester, Grandmama, their undead butler Lurch, and Pugsley’s pet octopus Aristotle. Sometime later, the characters Thing (a disembodied hand), and Gomez’s Cousin It were introduced to fans of the macabre family.
During its storied history, The Addams Family has had several big-screen adaptations, both of the live-action variety as well as animated. It’s also had two live-action television series, which remain a mainstay of classic TV to this very day.
More to come …