In some wonderful 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 family's 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 TikTok 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 is the only person who could hold a candle to Christina Ricci. 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. Again, the only person who could stand up to the legacy left by Anjelica Huston.
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 gothic 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.”
Now for OG fans if things couldn't get anymore exciting, it's been announced that Christina Ricci, the actor most closely associated with the title character, will be welcomed on board as a large part of the live-action show from the director. Ricci, who starred as Wednesday Addams in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed 1990s Addams Family feature, will be a series regular in Wednesday. The details about Ricci’s role are being kept firmly under wraps, but it's be revealed that she will play a new character and not an older version of Wednesday.
If you've been holding out to see what a remake of the Addams family would look like, take a tour of the trailer below. Not long now until it arrives on the streaming platform, with a spring release date expected.