The coming-of-age comedy is described as a “supernaturally infused mystery” following the life of the daughter of the Addams family. The series shows Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy as she attempts to master her emerging psychic abilities. Plus, she’s working to thwart a monstrous killer terrorizing the local town, and solve a supernatural mystery involving her parents from 25 years ago.
Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar are writing the series. Burton is on board to direct, making the project his first live-action TV series directorial debut.
“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,” said Teddy Biaselli, Netflix’s Director of Original Series.
“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. Tim has had a history of telling empowering stories about social outsiders like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deitz, and Batman. And now he brings his unique vision to Wednesday and her spooky classmates at Nevermore Academy.”
The original Addams Family TV series aired from 1964 to 1966. Nearly three decades later, Paramount produced two successful films starring the spooky family, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. Most recently, MGM debuted an animated feature in 2019 and announced an upcoming sequel set for 2021.
Christina Ricci is the actress most associated with Wednesday, as she played the character in both of the live-action films. But who should take over the role for the Netflix series? Drop your fancast in the comments.
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