Tim Burton is reportedly in talks to work on a television show of The Addams Family as he tries to revive the idea in a brand new format.
The Addams’, one of America’s most famous families, is a satirical parody of the ideal 20th-century American family who are a strange, wealthy bunch with grotesque tendencies inside and out. The characters, who have earned a cult status across numerous reboots, are also completely devoid of self-awareness about their own shortcomings. The family originally appeared as an unrelated group of 150 single-panel cartoons, about half of which were originally published in The New Yorker between their debut in 1938 and Charles Addams’ death in 1988. Since then, they have been brought to life on film across plentiful occasions as well as different television versions of the show and now Burton wants a go.
As Deadline reports, this would be Burton’s first-ever major live-action TV series and it is alleged that the iconic director is looking to executive produce and possibly direct all episodes of this new take on the franchise. They also state that Smallville developers and executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will take up the role of head writers on the show and serve as showrunners as well as executive producers along with Burton.
It’s also reported that the new live-action series would be set in present times and be set from the perspective of Wednesday Addams and what the world would look like to her in 2020, which makes it have a different feel to other versions. MGM TV, which controls the underlying rights to the intellectual property relating to the franchise has already financed the development of the series.
The Addams Family and Burton seem like a match made in heaven and this fresh take on the iconic story would be more than welcome. It has been reported that Netflix is extremely introduced in getting the rights for the project which also feels like a perfect fit for the live-action series.