In some apt news on creepy things this week, it would appear that the governor of spooky town, Tim Burton, is working on a new TV show that will focus on the lives of the Addams family. Boo ya.
It's reported that Burton has a plan to tell the famed families story from the perspective of their notoriously dark daughter, Wednesday Addams, and what the world we live in today would look like through her eyes. Which, in a perfect world might look like a gothic Greta Thunberg who publishes Tik Tok rants and is queer. One can dream. After spending much longer than we would like to admit speculating over the official casting for the series, we have finally been given some insight – and it's everything we could have dreamed of.
Taking out the titular role is Jenna Ortega, who you might remember most recently from season two of the hit Netflix series, You. Elsewhere, Luis Guzmán will portray the ultimate romantic – aka Gomez Addams. But arguably, the most exciting announcement is the news of who will play the formidable Morticia Addams. And thankfully, Burton couldn't have done a better by casting the one, the only, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
In the collaboration of a lifetime between two greats, this will reportedly be the first live-action TV series Burton has produced. Following so many spin-offs of the 1938 comic book, this will also be the first time we see a modern interpretation of the gloomy family through a first-person perspective, and in short-form no less. It has been confirmed that Burton will executive produce the series alongside Smallville developers and executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Gough and Millar will be head writers on the TV series and serve as showrunners. As reported by Deadline, streaming platform Netflix has landed the project and naturally, were thrilled by it.
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“When we first heard Al Gough and Miles Millar’s pitch for Wednesday we were struck, like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts. They nailed the tone, the spirit and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story," shared Netflix's Director Original Series, Teddy Biaselli.
“We then got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton wanted to make his television directorial debut with this series.”
Of course, it only makes sense for Burton to be leading the project with his history in making perfectly obscure Halloween-themed films, and we're looking forward to the fact that The Addams Family is likely no exception. We'll be watching this space closely to stay updated on any relevant developments and, while we wait, will be perusing our list of the best Halloween films to get us through until then.