The cartoonist Charles Addams originally created the now-famous Addams Family for the New Yorker magazine as a cartoon series back in 1938. The highly dysfunctional, bizarre, and macabre family was a satirical take on the perfect American family living the perfect American dream.
Since then multiple live-action and animated adaptions of these characters have been made with two most notable conversions; the 60s TV series and Barry Sonnenfeld’s two Hollywood movies in the 90s.
Now Netflix wants to reboot the property and has announced a genuinely exciting take on The Addams Family, with eight episodes of a stand-alone series focusing entirely on the character Wednesday, the only daughter of Morticia and Gomez Addams. The truly inspiring element of this forthcoming series is that Netflix has given Tim Burton, (Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Beetlejuice), the reigns.
It’s understood the series will follow Wednesday as she studies at Nevermore Academy and in-between her time as a student solves supernatural mysteries. A bit like the current Sabrina Teenage Witch reboot.
The official synopsis rattles along like so:
“The series will follow Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships.”
There’s no official word whether Christina Ricci, (who played Wednesday in both Sonnenfeld movies), will reprise her iconic role, but if the series centres on Wednesday’s time as a student it’s highly doubtful that the 41-year-old actress will return.