Deadline reports that a new live-action Addams Family series is currently in the works from Tim Burton and MGM TV, with Burton negotiating to both produce and potentially direct all the episodes.
In what would mark his first major live-action TV series, Tim Burton is setting his sights on The Addams Family, looking to develop a new series focused on the famous clan. Sources tell Deadline that Burton is negotiating to executive produce and possibly direct all episodes of this new take on the franchise.
They also claim that Netflix is one of the suitors interested in the series reboot.
Originally, a cartoon featured in The New Yorker by cartoonist Charles Addams, the Addams Family spawned a live-action series in the 1960s and eventually got two feature films in the 1990s from director Barry Sonnenfeld. It also got a short-lived series reboot in the late 90s before a recent animated film that included the voices of Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron.
The Addams Family are a close-knit extended family with decidedly macabre interests and supernatural abilities, though no explanation for their powers is explicitly given in the series. The wealthy, endlessly enthusiastic Gomez Addams is madly in love with his refined wife, Morticia.
The Addams Family is equally known for the addictive theme song.
I think it’s been obvious throughout Tim’s film career that he has been lifting imagery and aesthetics from The Addams Family and making this project could end up being his ultimate homage.
This wouldn’t be the first time Mr. Burton has attempted to reimagine a television property as his 2012 film Dark Shadows was comedic take on the horror soap opera that aired between 1966 and 1971 on ABC. However, I’m desperately hoping that this new Addams Family series is slightly better in the quality and acting department.