Addams Family Reboot In Development by Tim Burton

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Addams Family Resurrected by Tim Burton

The Addams Family, that creepy and kooky clan, are back! Fresh on the heels of the recent MGM CGI film, they will be making their return to the small screen. One could say that they are probably in some of the best hands (other than Thing) for the job. Gothic cinema maven Tim Burton announced he will be bringing them back to television.

Tim Burton - photo by Gage Skidmore - Tim burton is bringing the Addams Family back to tv
Tim Burton
Photo by Gage Skidmore

The Beetlejuice director made the announcement last Thursday, where the show will be developed by MGM TV. Burton will also not be alone in showrunning the series. Smallville showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will co-showrun with Burton and run the writer’s room. According to MGM, multiple bidders are looking for the property, including Netflix. The series, according to Deadline, will “be set in present times and be from the perspective of Wednesday Addams and what the world would look like to her in 2020.”

Addams Family History Lesson

The popular spooky family first came to undead life in the otherwise-erudite New Yorker magazine. Created by Charles Addams in 1938, the family first featured in a number of comics in the magazine. They came to broader fame in the live-action TV series, starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones. A number of animated iterations ensued through the following years, including in the 1990s, where Astin reprised his role as Gomez. 

Most famously, the family appeared in two live-action films in the 1990s, with Raul Julia as Gomez, Anjelica Huston as Morticia, and Christopher Lloyd as Fester. A made-for-TV continuation was done in 1998; it starred Tim Curry as Gomez, but it was panned. A CGI reboot with Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Gomez and Morticia premiered in 2019.

The Addams Family also trod the boards on Broadway, in the eponymous musical The Addams Family. Though popular with audiences, it wasn’t a roaring success. 

The Addams Family, with Tim Burton at the helm, has yet to go into production. Word of the Nerd will keep an eye on this developing story.

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