EXCLUSIVE: In what would mark his first main live-action TV collection, Tim Burton is setting his sights on The Addams Family, trying to develop a brand new collection centered on the well-known clan. Sources inform Deadline that Burton is negotiating to government produce and probably direct all episodes of this new tackle the franchise. Smallville builders/government producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar shall 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 collection. As of proper now, the bundle has a number of consumers bidding for it, together with Netflix, which sources say is on the high of the record of touchdown the venture.
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Whereas not confirmed, sources say the brand new live-action collection could be set in current instances and be from the attitude of Wednesday Addams and what the world would seem like to her in 2020.
The story of The Addams Household, a fictional family created by American cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, has had a variety of display screen iterations over time together with two live-action TV collection; 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 could 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 collection with darkish comedic themes, having additionally tailored the ’70s collection Darkish Shadows right into a characteristic movie starring Johnny Depp.
Burton beforehand developed and government produced the animated collection 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 business consistently altering and so many A-list administrators venturing into TV, it is smart that Burton would make a return to the medium and embark on live-action collection — 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 collection as they have been key parts to the success of the long-running Superman collection Smallville. Different large credit embrace the Shanghai Midday franchise and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.
WME reps Burton.