EXCLUSIVE: It what would mark his first main live-action TV sequence, Tim Burton is setting his sights on The Addams Family, trying to develop a brand new sequence centered on the well-known clan. Sources inform Deadline that Burton is negotiating to govt produce and presumably direct all episodes of this new tackle the franchise. Smallville builders/govt producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar can be head writers on the present and function showrunners in addition to exec producers together with Burton.
MGM TV, which controls underlying rights to the IP, financed the event of the sequence. As of proper now, the bundle has a number of patrons bidding for it, together with Netflix, which sources say is on the high of the checklist of touchdown the mission.
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Whereas not confirmed, sources say the brand new live-action sequence can be set in current occasions and be from the attitude of Wednesday Addams and what the world would appear to be to her in 2020.
The story of The Addams Household, a fictional family created by American cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, has had plenty of display iterations over time together with two live-action TV sequence; a movie franchise starring Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd; and most just lately an animated film from MGM with the sequel dropping in 2021.
The pairing of Burton and The Addams Household can be an ideal match because the darkish themes of the spooky clan line up so completely with what you see in basic Burton movies like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. Burton clearly has curiosity in sequence with darkish comedic themes, having additionally tailored the ’70s sequence Darkish Shadows right into a function movie starring Johnny Depp.
Burton beforehand developed and govt produced the animated sequence Beetlejuice, loosely based mostly on his 1988 film, which ran for 4 seasons from 1989-91. He had been centered on options over the previous 20 years however, with the trade continuously altering and so many A-list administrators venturing into TV, it is sensible that Burton would make a return to the medium and embark on live-action sequence — and The Addams Household appears to be the right automobile for that.
As for Millar and Gough, the 2 aren’t any strangers to growing hit TV sequence as they have been key elements to the success of the long-running Superman sequence Smallville. Different huge credit embody the Shanghai Midday franchise and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.
WME reps Burton.