Tim Burton is setting his eyesights on The Addams Family, in what would mark his first major live-action TV series looking to develop a new series that is going to be focused on the famous clan. Sources reveal that Burton is negotiating to executively produce and possibly direct all the episodes of this new take on the franchise. Smallville developers and executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are going to be the head writers on the show and will be serving as the showrunners as well as executive producers along with Burton.
MGM TV, which controls the underlying rights to the IP, financed the development of the show. As of right now, the package has multiple buyers bidding for it, including the online streaming service providing platform, Netflix, which sources say is at the top of the list of landing the project.
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While it has not been confirmed as of now, the sources say the new live-action series would be set in the present times and be from the perspective of Wednesday Addams and what the world would look like to her in the year 2020.
The tale of a fictional household, The Addams Family, created by American cartoonist Charles Addams in the year 1938, has had a number of screen iterations over the years, including two live-action television series; a film franchise starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christopher Lloyd; and most recently the animated movie from MGM with the sequel dropping in the year 2021.
Burton previously developed and executively produced the animated series titled Beetlejuice, which is loosely based on his 1988 film, which ran for four seasons from the years 1989 to 1991.
- He had been focused on the features over the past two decades but, with the industry constantly changing and so many A-list directors venturing into television, it makes sense that Burton would be making a return to the medium and embark on the live-action series and The Addams Family seems to be a perfect vehicle for that.
As for Gough and Miller, the two are no strangers to developing hit television series as they were the key components to the success of the long-running Superman series named Smallville. Other big credits include Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and Shanghai Noon franchise.